Christmas tree farmers combat popularity of artificial trees

The Christmas Tree Promotion Board worries that more Americans are opting for artificial trees as they become more realistic-looking.

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 11:46 AM
Updated: Dec 11, 2018 11:56 AM

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) -- Christmas tree farmers nationwide have launched a social media campaign to get Americans to buy real trees this season.

The Christmas Tree Promotion Board worries that more Americans are opting for artificial trees as they become more realistic-looking.

Between 75 and 80 percent of Americans who have a Christmas tree now have an artificial one.

The $1 billion market for fake trees is growing at about 4 percent a year - even though they can be reused again and again.

The campaign called "It's Christmas. Keep It Real!" is based on other popular agricultural campaigns like "Beef. It's What's For Dinner" and "Got Milk?"

Tree farmers pay 15 cents for each tree they harvest to the promotion board for the ad campaign and other related work.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 40443

Reported Deaths: 635
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah8743155
Marion5590106
Washington546973
Umatilla329543
Clackamas299065
Lane221226
Malheur186634
Jackson15556
Deschutes107413
Yamhill95615
Linn76414
Polk63915
Jefferson5979
Morrow5426
Lincoln50913
Union4582
Benton4186
Klamath4013
Wasco33515
Douglas3314
Hood River2721
Josephine2583
Columbia2491
Clatsop2340
Coos2290
Baker1132
Crook872
Tillamook700
Curry561
Wallowa402
Lake340
Sherman180
Harney170
Gilliam110
Grant100
Wheeler10
Unassigned00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
44° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 41°
Corvallis
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 39°
Roseburg
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 47°
North Bend
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 49°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events