PACIFICA -- Fans of Charles Schulz can pay homage to "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on Sunday by hiking a windswept promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The Pacifica Land Trust is holding its third annual Christmas tree hunt at the Pedro Point Headlands. The event lends quirky holiday cheer to an environmental project: removing young non-native Monterey pines from the headlands, which volunteers are restoring to native coastal scrub.
The spindly evergreens resemble Charlie Brown's droopy little tree from the "Peanuts" holiday classic.
About 230 people participated last year in the hunt, which began in 2010 as a way to pay respect to the trees the trust marked for removal. Volunteers are leaving large stands of mature pines intact.
The trust shuttles people up to the headlands, where they head off in search of a tree and then haul it back to a staging area. This year, they'll also have the opportunity to create wreaths using decorations provided by the trust or brought from home.
"It's not a tree farm -- the trees have not been groomed in any way," said Lynn Adams, stewardship coordinator for the trust. "I've had so many people tell me that it was absolutely the best tree they ever had."
Margo Meiman took part last year with her husband and two children. They cut down two trees, a small one for their son's bedroom and a bigger one for the living room.
"Even without getting a tree, the spectacular ocean views from the top of the point are worth the trip," Meiman said in an email.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Visitors are asked to arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. at the parking lot outside Castle Kitchen & Bath at 520 San Pedro Ave. Warm clothes and sturdy shoes are recommended.
Proceeds benefit the Pacifica Land Trust. For more information, visit www.pedropointheadlands.org or call at 650-355-1668.
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What: "Charlie Brown Tree" hunt
Who: Sponsored by the Pacifica Land Trust and the Pedro Point Community Association
Where: Drive to parking lot outside Castle Kitchen & Bath at 520 San Pedro Ave. in Pacifica. Shuttle will take visitors up to nearby Pedro Point Headlands
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Be sure to arrive by 1:30 p.m.
More information: Visit www.pedropointheadlands.org or call at 650-355-1668.