Commissioners Welcome Donated Christmas Trees and Wreaths

12/8/2012

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine and Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn Destito 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, Natural Creations of Cortland, and Three B Tree Nursery 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," Aubertine said.
 
"Governor Cuomo is a strong supporter of New York state farm products," 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 concolor, are available as well. Many local Christmas tree farms also offer fresh roping, swags and wreaths, along with handmade crafts for Christmas.
 
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.