Christmas Trees May Cost More This Year

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHRISTMAS TREE ASSOCIATION
  • Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Get ready to spend a few more dollars on your Christmas tree this year. 

The Northwest News Network reports that prices on fresh trees at the lots sprinkled around the Northwest could go up because of a strengthening economy and several years of cutbacks on plantings in the region. Some of the world's biggest Christmas tree farms are located in the Northwest, with tree harvests of 20,000 per day.

"We got a little carried away with planting in roughly 2001 and 2003," Bryan Ostlund of the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association in Salem, Ore., told NNN. "So now we are getting back to where inventories are where they should be."

Because there are so many U-cut farms and retailers around us, the price hikes won't be substantial, but tree buyers in places like Los Angeles, Los Alamos, Hawaii and Mexico may notice a bigger difference in price.

There were 17,318,440 Christmas trees harvested in 2012 nationwide—the most coming from Oregon (almost 6.5 million), and 27,732 coming from Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture