Trees improve water quality by slowing and filtering rain water as well as protecting aquifers and watersheds.
Buy a real Christmas tree
As a pro-tree organization, you may be surprised to learn Tree Pittsburgh encourages the purchase of real pines to celebrate the holidays! However, buying a real Christmas tree is a great way to promote open green space in the state of Pennsylvania.
Christmas tree farms stabilize soil, protect water supplies, and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas trees are grown on soils that could not support other crops.
Another way buying a real Christmas tree helps the environment is that fake trees are made from petroleum products manufactured in other parts of the world and travel to the US via freight and diesel fuel. Finally, real Christmas trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases, emitting fresh oxygen.
Buying real trees also supports the local economy. Real Christmas trees support Pennsylvania farmers. Did you know Pennsylvania is #2 in the nation for Christmas tree production? It’s true! All but two counties in the entire state support tree farms. Buying local, live Christmas trees supports thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania.
To learn more about Christmas trees in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Grower’s Association.