It might be wise to buy your Christmas tree early this year because industry experts said we are in the midst of a tree shortage. It takes Christmas trees about eight years to fully grow. As seedlings planted during the recession start to mature the state is feeling the impacts. “It hit everybody including farmers,” said Scott Carver, owner of Carver Farms. His family has been selling trees for 15 years and has about 40,000 trees this year.
Most trees in the Inland Northwest are being shipped from Oregon. Carver provides trees to local vendors, many found in parking lots.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of trees cut and sold by Oregon growers dropped 26% between 2010 and 2015. The Oregon Department of Agriculture said the number of licensed Christmas tree growers in the state has declined over recent years.
The Christmas Tree Association predicts prices will rise this year, but since Carver grows his own trees, he has been able to keep his prices down.