B.C.’s record-breaking drought to affect Christmas tree supply in coming years

By Evan Tate
BCIT News
October 17, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The province could see a shortage of naturally grown Christmas trees over the next decade. As a result of B.C.’s extreme weather conditions in recent years, many Christmas tree farmers have noticed a decline in the amount of quality trees they are able to produce in a year. This has caused worries about a possible increase in the popularity of plastic trees and how they will affect our climate. According to Richard Davies of Langley’s Oh Christmas Tree Farm, it has been difficult for young trees to thrive in the province’s current conditions. “The seedlings can’t withstand these long periods with no rain,” said Davies. …He expects a large number of families to opt for a plastic tree… “Plastic Christmas trees are not fixing any CO2, in the end you end up with a worse environmental footprint than cutting the natural tree,” said Richard Hamelin, UBC Forestry.

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