Phoenix panel suggest Christmas tree ban

Last December a 4 year old tradition on Camelback Mountain became controversial. A group of hikers made it a tradition to place a Christmas tree on top of the mountain. The tree was then vandalized being cut in half and then removed from the hiking trail summit.

A panel was put together to recommend the future of the tradition. The panel decided that for public safety nothing should be left on trails and trail summits, including Christmas trees. A group that supported the tradition was “surprised” at the decision of the panel.

The Parks and Recreation board will make its final decision on the future of the trees in the next couple of months.

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