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26 November 2017, 01:00 | Floyd Cook
Christmas tree cutting permits available
Fire and drought, plus a recession: they all contributed to less Christmas tree supply and higher demand this holiday season.
That means many people will be on the hunt for that ideal Christmas tree, but it could be harder to find this year, if you wait too long.
Macy was left scrambling for volunteers to help offload trees on Thanksgiving Day when a delayed shipment of trees that had been scheduled to arrive Monday finally showed up Thursday morning.
"That's a Norway spruce and it's three years old", he said, pointing at a tree.
ABC News reports a shortage of Christmas trees, after fewer were planted in the year 2007 during the great recession.
Nationwide, the cost is being passed down from growers, which amounts to an extra $10 to $20 per tree. While Americans have been buying real Christmas trees for around 75 years, Hundley said, the artificial tree industry has taken off in the last 25 years or so. This year was the first time Bakersfield resident, Amy Patterson, went home with a precut tree.
"The days of buying a tree for $8 and then turning around and retailing it for $50, I think those days are done", he said.
"If there were no Christmas trees, where would Santa put your presents?"
"So yeah, we're having trouble filling the orders that we have", he said.
According to Macklin, the average size trees they sell, cost about $100 past year.
He's been growing and selling them for 34 years.
"Locally", he said, "we should be fine". "Choose and cut trees have to be trimmed twice a year, in the hot summer it doesn't matter".
Predictions for many places are that as we get closer to Christmas, the supply may dwindle even more. Many Christmas tree farmers are retiring and their children aren't always interested in continuing the family business, Hundley said.
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