fresh cut Christmas trees
Holiday Tree Farm, located in Willamette Valley, Oregon.
Why you should choose a real Christmas tree this year Chopping down a living tree doesn’t seem like an environmentally-friendly thing to do, but it’s not so much about what the tree is made of—it’s about what it does for the environment. An artificial tree offers a long-term solution to holiday decorating, and can be easier on your wallet. But consider that artificial trees are generally replaced every 7-10 years, then tossed in a landfill where they live forever. More than 80% of artificial trees are imported from China. When the trees are harvested, each tree is replanted with 1-3 new trees in order to maintain a constant supply. So the tree population is not reduced due to Christmas tree farming, it is maintained, protected, and in some cases increased. Tree farms are usually in areas where the land is unsuitable for other purposes. Because Christmas tree are hardy, they can be planted on barren slopes and grow underneath power lines. More than 500,000 acres in the U.S. are devoted to Christmas tree production. One acre of a tree farm provides enough oxygen for 18 people. Real trees are an all-natural, renewable source. Most trees are harvested after 8-12 years. They often require pesticides and chemical fertilizers during this time, but while the trees are growing they absorb carbon dioxide. Each year, an acre of Douglas Fir can absorb 11,308lbs of carbon dioxide. When Christmas is over, recycle your tree at one of the locations designated by the City of Fort Collins. Trees will be recycled into mulch and used for reclamation projects.