Christmas tree shortage may affect numbers available here

    Holiday shoppers planning to purchase a live Christmas tree this year should buy early, according to some news reports.
    Donna Vlasin, co-owner of Holiday Farms, said they were not going to have as many trees this year due to the tree shortage.
    “About eight to 10 years ago, trees were over-cut and not enough re-planted. Drought and fires killed many of the seedlings, and the state of the economy had a huge effect on the number of trees planted for availability now,” she explained.
    Vlasin said they should be getting their Christmas trees in Wednesday this week.
    “We will only be selling 6-7 ft. and 7-8 ft. Fraser Firs,” she said.
    Nicki Sailors, assistant manager of Bomgaars, said they have quite a few Christmas trees to choose from on the lot now.
    “We have 6-8 ft. White Pines, 6-8 ft. Scotch Pines, 6-8 ft. and 8-9 ft. Fraser Firs and 22 inch Fraser wreaths,” said Sailors.
    Ronee Kruger, owner of Lavender Market, said they are getting in a limited number of trees Wednesday this week, weather permitting.
    “We will have 4-5 ft. and 7-8 ft. Fraser Firs and Noble Firs,” said Kruger.

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