The first trees grown at Biocycle Farm in northwest Eugene are now ready for harvest.
The Eugene Register Guard reports that it’s believed to be the nation’s largest tree farm fed with treated sewage sludge.
The regional wastewater management commission owns the 400-acre tree farm.
This year’s plans call for clearing more than 12,000 poplar trees that are ten years old, and have grown to at least 60 feet tall.
Commission representatives acknowledge that the trees will bring in less money than what was expected when the farm opened a decade ago and the market was stronger.
The farm was created to use the sludge that the commission is unable to donate to area farmers as fertilizer.