December 7 Program ...Bert Cregg, Professor of Horticulture and of Forestry (dual appointment). He will be talking about “Christmas Tree Production in Michigan”. He will discuss the current state of the Christmas tree industry in Michigan and the challenges that growers face in raising a conifer seedling to the 8 foot tall Christmas tree in your living room.
Michigan ranks third in the US in Christmas tree production and Christmas trees are grown in nearly every county in the state. Michigan’s Christmas tree industry is diverse and ranges from small-scale choose-and-cut operations to some of the largest wholesale producers in the country. Dr. Cregg’s lab conducts research on the physiology and management of trees in landscape, nursery and Christmas tree systems. He holds a doctorate in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in Forest Science from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Forest Management from Washington State University. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU in 1999, Dr. Cregg was a research plant physiologist for the US Forest Service and International Paper. A native of Olympia, WA, he began his professional career shearing Christmas tree in high school.