Map of the Week
As the holiday season comes to fruition, people in the US and around the world are going shopping for Christmas trees. A cultural phenomenon that has lasted for decades, every year consumers flock to local farms and super markets so they can pick the right tree for their home. Even though trees can be purchased in all 50 states of the US, some states hardly produce any trees for themselves, and must import them. On the contrary, other states provide trees for the whole country. For example, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the two states that produce the most Christmas trees are North Carolina and Oregon. North Carolina and Oregon trees constituted 79% of the tree harvest in 2012, and this trend has not changed.
Acres dedicated to tree farming
To go deeper than that, only certain counties within these states are accountable for this statistic. NBC news reports that, “The country’s biggest Christmas tree provider is Ashe County, a mountainous region in North Carolina bordering Tennessee and Virginia. Tree farmers in Ashe, population 28,000, harvested nearly 2 million trees in 2012.”
Tree Farmer Tom Norby of Trout Creek Tree Farm in Oregon attributes the size of the Christmas tree industry in his state to climate and geography. He says, “Oregon has a climate that supports the types of trees you’d want for Christmas trees up there in the hills. North Carolina does, too. It’s all of those mountain states.”
It is clear that geography plays a key role in where certain farmable products can be produced. Oregon and North Carolina are both very mountainous in the counties where the most Christmas trees are grown, so it makes sense why many of the trees that are shipped come from these places. Maps like these help people to know where these places are and can also help someone who is looking to get into the Christmas tree business know where a good place is to set up shop.
Written by: Sean Halpin