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Joe Morrissey, 518-457-0752
Joe.Morrissey@agriculture.ny.gov

December 03, 2012

Commissioners Welcome Donated Christmas Trees and Wreaths from Johnstown, Cortland, Norfolk and Painted Post to the State Capitol

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine and Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito today announced that New York State has graciously accepted a generous donation of trees and wreaths from members of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York.  The trees will be displayed in the public space at the Executive Mansion and the wreaths will be hung at the Executive Mansion, in the Capitol and at the Governor’s office in New York City.

Two Balsam Firs were donated by Empire Evergreens of Painted Post and wreaths were donated by Godrie’s Tree Farm of Johnstown, Hicks Natural Creations of Cortland, and Three B's Tree Farm of Norfolk.

“New York has a thriving Christmas tree industry and we’re proud that some of these world-class trees will be on display at the New York State Capitol this holiday season,” Commissioner Aubertine said. 

“Governor Cuomo is a strong supporter of New York State farm products,” Commissioner Destito said. “We are proud to celebrate the season by displaying these beautiful trees and wreaths grown right here in New York.”

Mary Jeanne Packer, Executive Director of the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York said, “Nothing symbolizes the holiday season better than a real Christmas tree grown in New York State.  Our trees are world-renowned and we couldn’t be happier to furnish these trees and wreaths this season.”

New York Christmas tree farms offer a wide variety of real Christmas trees. Fraser Firs and Balsam Firs are the most popular varieties in New York State, while White and Blue Spruce, Scotch Pine, and other firs, such as Canaan, Douglas and Concolour, are available as well. Many local Christmas tree farms also offer fresh roping, swags and wreaths along with handmade crafts for Christmas.

Locally grown and harvested trees, when watered properly, can remain fresh in your home well past New Year’s Day.  Follow these guidelines to keep your real Christmas tree fresh throughout the holiday season:

1. After you bring the tree home, cut one-quarter inch off the base of the trunk. Keep the tree outdoors in a container of water and protect it from the wind and sun until you’re ready to decorate. This helps the tree retain moisture.

2. Before you bring the tree into your home, make another fresh cut a minimum of one-quarter inch off the base of the trunk. This reopens the tree stem so it can take water immediately. Place it in a stand with fresh water. Do not allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut or the stem will reseal.

3. Trees may drink from 2 pints to 1 gallon of water a day. Use a stand with 1-gallon capacity or more. Keep your tree away from drying heat sources such as sunny windows, hot air ducts and fireplaces. Check the water level daily and supply fresh water as needed.

Christmas trees provide numerous environmental and economic benefits.  They use land with soil that is often not suited for typical agricultural crops. They help stabilize soil and protect local water supplies.

Economically, Christmas trees provide additional income for farmers and rural landowners. They create seasonal jobs and serve as an economic stimulus for local communities, offering not only trees, but wreaths and a tourism opportunity.

Christmas trees are also considered a renewable resource, as they are typically chipped and recycled as mulch after the season. They may also be placed outside following the holiday season and used as shelter for small birds and mammals, and later chipped and recycled in the spring.

According to the 2007 U.S. Census of Agriculture, New York ranks seventh nationally for Christmas tree production, with approximately 1,000 Christmas tree growers utilizing more than 20,000 acres across the State and harvesting nearly 350,000 trees annually.

For information about where to find locally grown trees and wreaths in your area, visit agriculture.ny.gov and click on Farm & Market Search.

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