The Value of Christmas Trees

"...there is no reason why the joy associated with the Christmas evergreen may not be a means of arousing in the minds of children an appreciation of the beauty and usefulness of trees; and keen appreciation of the beauty and usefulness of trees is a long stop toward the will to plant and care for them (Arthur Sowder, US Forest Service, 1949)."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

For Christmas tree growers, every day is Earth Day. Since I started working with Christmas trees in 1988, I've seen a complete transformation of the industry in North Carolina. Growers have slashed their pesticide and fertilizer needs through adoption of IPM practices and good ground cover management.

And look at the healthy Frasers on Mount Mitchell. I took this photo last year from the new tower. Given half a chance, nature has a wonderful ability to heal herself.

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