As holiday decorations start going up, Wisconsin’s green industry is hoping families will consider a real Christmas tree this year.
Casey Langan with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says it remains a major industry in the Badger State, with over 1,100 Christmas tree farms still operating here. He says they harvest over one million evergreens a year to be used as Christmas trees or turned into holiday wreaths.
Langan says picking up a real tree over a fake one is a good way to support Wisconsin farmers.
He also argues that it’s better for the environment, since farmers plant multiple trees to replace each one they cut down. Also, instead of going into a landfill when they’re done, real trees can be used as mulch or serve as a habitat for fish if dumped in a lake or pond.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:05)