NY Forest Owners chair says real trees better for the environment than fake ones
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 6:11 am

NY Forest Owners Chairman says real Christmas trees are better for the environment than their artificial counterparts.

"These trees do not require fertilizer or any kind of herbicides, pesticides, insecticides or preservative sprays, they are all natural," NY Forest Owners Chairman William LaPoint said. "They provide wind breaks, decorations and places for birds to nest. When we cut Christmas Trees it is not uncommon to find bird nests in these plantations. When we cut Christmas Trees we are thinning the stand so the others can grow, and the young replacements have room to grow and produce all of the above."

LaPoint says Christmas trees also make good bird feeders when removed from house and real can be recycled and used for mulch, or composted.

"When we cut our trees locally we know that they are fresh, disease free and helping our local economy and environment. Many of our problems with our trees dying is caused from importing wood products," he said.

LaPoint said artificial trees do not provide the same benefits.

"Artificial trees come from foreign offshore countries, use oil to produce and transport, fill landfills if not stored in a closet and just are not the real thing," he said.