PA among top Christmas tree-producing states

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 10, 2012 4:14 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania is expected to maintain its status as a top Christmas tree-producing state as farms gear up for their busiest month.

The commonwealth is home to some 1,200 Christmas tree farms that produce one-point-two million cut trees each year.

Stacy Zimmerman with the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association says the industry is one of the tops in the country.

"Pennsylvania ranks second in the nation in the number of Christmas tree farms, and fourth in the number of Christmas trees that are cut each year and in acres of production," Zimmerman says. "Oregon is the number one state in all of those categories."

Zimmerman says Christmas trees are environmentally friendly because they are a renewable, recyclable resource.

She says several PA Christmas tree growers are taking part in the "Trees for Troops" program this year.

Since 2005, it has sent more than 100,000 Christmas trees to service members stationed around the world.

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