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The Christmas Tree Promotion Board is a national research and promotion program whose mission is to share the benefits of fresh Christmas trees with consumers through promotion, public relations and education, while engaging in research to better serve our customers and growers.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Promotion Board visit: https://www.christmastreepromotionboard.org

COVID-19

MDARD update the U-Pick and U-Cut guidance based on the latest DHHS Public Health guidance.  Below, please find the link to the updated guidance on how these types of operations should be currently operating. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/U-Pick_COVID-19_Guidance_691238_7.pdf

The document includes:

  • Updated links to the order.
  • Updated citations to the order.
  • New section on capacity restrictions.
  • Prohibition on dine-in option for food service establishments.

For the latest information on COVID, please visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.  

pdf U Pick COVID 19 Guidance 691238 7 (1) (94 KB)

 

Links from Executive Order 11/15/20

pdf 2020 11 15 Masks and Gatherings order final 707806 7(36938450 1) (335 KB)

pdf Social Gathering (97 KB)

pdf Safe Social Pods (96 KB)

pdf Pause to Save Lives (131 KB)

 

pdf 10 29 Epidemic Order Fact Sheet 706515 7 (148 KB)

Below are some COVID-19 best practices and recommendations:

Links and notes from the Farm Bureau Article titled Choose and Cut Preparation in the GLCTJ Fall 20 issue by Craig Anderson:

  • Tree operations have 3 additional areas to consider going into this season: 1) Is my operation agricultural or retail; 2) What Executive Orders (EO) and/or Public Health Orders (PHO) apply to my operation; 3) Do I have the proper documentation and posting? 
  • Michigan’s EOs are available at https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705---,00.html . The PHOs are available at https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_98455-533660--,00.html .

    A Choose and Cut solely allowing drive in customers to purchase a tree from the plantation are within “agriculture.” Operations with a variety of entertainment, non-tree retail sales, food services and other sales centers will likely not be agriculture for many of the emergency order requirements.

    All operations having in-person work activities are to have a written response plan under the current EO 2020-161with information at: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf . The OSHA information is more suitable for commercial operations. Agricultural guidance can be found in the CDC Agriculture Workers and Employers  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-agricultural-workers.html . 

    For those operations with farm labor housing MDARD has guidance at https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1569_45168---,00.html to assist in meeting EO 2020-137 Protecting the Food Supply and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Workers from the effects of COVID-19 https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-533220--,00.html in addition to the general safety requirements camp operators/employers must assure all camp occupants over 18 years of age have received baseline Covid-19 testing and new occupants must have a second test as well under PHO - Mandatory Testing, Preventative Measures, and Safe Housing for Agricultural https://www.michigan.gov/documents/coronavirus/2020.08.03_-_MDHHS_Public_Health_Order_-_Agriculture_Testing_vF_698096_7.pdf .  As an “agricultural” operation that employees seasonal agricultural employees those seasonal employees must have a baseline test if the operation has more that 20 employees at location. 

    For “retail” operations employers will need to protect both their employees during their work activities a protect customers from Covid-19 spread. Where in-building sales occur operators should review section 6 of EO 2020-161.  For food sales see section 8.  Where entertainment is provided and allowed in your region see section 12. All workers are to go through the daily screenings. Cleaning processes for frequently touched surfaces also need to be employed though guidance is not available to cold weather work at this time. 

    As a public business the Mandatory Mask Order, EO 2020-153 https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-535105--,00.html , applies to indoor public spaces and also applies to outdoors activities when unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household. Waiting lines, trailer rides, warming fires may be covered by this requirement. 

    Public space operations need to post information related to mask requirements, occupancy levels and specific EO/PHO requirements applied to that location. Postings are available at  https://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-100207---,00.html .  

    It’s important to have the plan documentation, testing records (if required), daily employee screenings, a determination of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) or protective devices (masks are required to be provided for indoor workers and some outdoor workers but are not PPE) and some record of employee training related to Covid-19 available for inspection (several agencies have been empowered to enforce the EOs and PHOs), see https://www.michigan.gov/documents/leo/Workplace_Guidelines_Factsheet-Employees_REV_692370_7.pdf .  

    While these are a summary of the state requirements you should check with your local public health department to determine if any local requirements, in addition to the state requirements, will apply.     

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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Between the mask-wearing and the social distancing, COVID-19 is definitely going to make this year’s holiday season feel very different from previous years. But one thing that won’t change is the annual tradition of selecting a Michigan-grown Christmas tree.

That’s right – because it’s an outdoor activity typically done with those in your social bubble, both shopping for a fresh-cut Michigan Christmas tree and strolling through a Christmas tree farm to cut down your own adhere to the strictest pandemic best practices.

And to make it even easier, some places are even offering drive-through Christmas tree shopping experiences. Just make sure to call ahead to one of your local Christmas tree farms to see if they offer this service.

And selecting a Michigan-grown Christmas tree isn’t just a safe, fun family activity – it’s also good for the state economy. About 2 million Christmas trees are harvested annually in Michigan, cultivated on the state’s more than 700 Christmas tree farms. Those farms also supply trees throughout the country, delivering an estimated $35 million boost to Michigan’s economy every year.

And they’re also good for the environment. Christmas tree farms not only excel at pumping out fresh, clean air for Michigan residents to breathe, as an agricultural product, natural Christmas trees are 100% biodegradable and have a substantially smaller environmental footprint than artificial trees. They can be “tree-cycled” as bird feeders or used to create natural habitats for squirrels, rabbits and other small mammals in your backyard this winter. That’s a lot of things those naturally grown and cut Christmas trees can provide.

So, this Christmas season, choose a naturally cut Christmas tree for your home. You’ll be supporting the state economy, benefiting the Michigan environment and keeping an age-old holiday tradition alive. Just because Christmas will feel different this year doesn’t mean it has to look – or smell – any different.