Local Christmas Tree Producer Says Drought Didn't Affect Crop

Despite the drought, Experts say this year's Christmas tree crop is going to be good and green, just like last year's.

A Forestry Specialist says the six to nine inches of rain that fell in the mountains in late October replenished moisture before the tree harvest.

But he says the rain didn't come in time to save many tree seedlings planted this year.

Snodie Wilson Is local tree producers and says the drought really didn't have an effect on his business.

He says the trees are in good shape and that little amount of rain received this year gave them what they needed, but it still doesn't mean all is well with the tree crop.

"The trees that we planted this in January and February of this year, the small trees we can tell that the drought really did affect those," say Wilson, "because we probably had a 10 or 15 or 20 percent mortality."

Wilson says The price of Christmas trees will remain the same, but trees he bought elsewhere did go up a little bit.

Other than the trees planted this year, the saplings, they haven't seen a significant problem.