Christmas tree shortage nationwide, but not in Wisconsin

By  | 

SOBIESKI, Wis. (WBAY)-- Its the time of year when many of us venture out to pick out that perfect Christmas tree.

While there's plenty to choose from here in Wisconsin, there's actually a nationwide Christmas tree shortage.

"We haven't seen a shortage in Wisconsin, said Cheryl Nicholson, from the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association. "We've been able to fill orders that others couldn't."

That shortage is mostly because of the 2008 recession. Trees grow on a 10-year cycle, and many farmers 10 years ago planted fewer trees to save money.

"The impact when there's trees that can't be found in other states, then those tree customers come to our growers," said Nicholson.

Here in Wisconsin, Christmas trees grow on 23,000 acres and the state ranks 5th in the country for trees cut. There are 383 licensed Christmas tree growers in the state.