CHARLESTON – West Virginia Forestry officials are making the search for the perfect Christmas tree easy. The Division of Forestry has updated its 2014 list of choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms. The information, which includes a searchable database, map, contact information and descriptions of products and services for 32 farms, is available at www.wvcommerce.org/directory/christmastreefarms.
Assistant State Forester Bob Radspinner says selecting a West Virginia-grown Christmas tree is beneficial in many ways.
“Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms offer beautiful trees at reasonable prices, and, because there are 32 farms listed, you are sure to find one within driving distance,” Radspinner said.
Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms are locally owned, and purchasing a tree close to home ensures a fresher product than buying one brought in from another area. Plus, a day trip to a Christmas tree farm can be a great family adventure not soon forgotten.
Once people find their perfect real tree, Forestry officials encourage them to post a picture of the tree to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet it to @wvforestry using #wvrealtree.
Although most choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms are open from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, hours and services vary, so Radspinner suggests calling ahead for details. To find a choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm, visit www.wvcommerce.org/directory/christmastreefarms.