Christmas Tree Farmers In North Carolina Experience Shortage Due To Recession

Alisha McKinney

Greg Schneider with High Country Christmas Trees recently spoke with reporters about the Christmas tree shortage in the foothills of North Carolina. The 2008 recession is to blame for a Christmas tree shortage. Picking out a Christmas tree is a family tradition for many, but with the shortage, it could mean increasing costs for consumers. The trees that Schneider sells take 10 to 15 years to grow, which is why there's a shortage now, reports Waay TV.

High Country Christmas Trees said that it's been bringing Christmas to Huntsville, North Carolina, for the last 35 years. The company transports trees from Boone, North Carolina, to the Tennessee Valley. But, 10 years ago, the shaky economy took a toll on the Christmas tree industry.

"Prices have gone up a little bit. People are scrambling. They're asking a lot more money for trees now that there is a shortage. In the recession, 2008, a lot of the neighbors were just unable, did not have the cash to put into replanting trees, so a lot of people were not able to plant trees."
"Those are very temporary events. They will have an impact, yes, when we have a drought. A serious, serious drought, we may lose a year's planting."

"Some of the places that we've lived, we've had to travel quite a distance to get to a tree farm, so I can't imagine we'd do anything else."