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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Oregon's nation-leading Christmas tree industry is actually doing better in the recession, as more families choose to stay home and celebrate the holidays.

"There's kind of a small shift toward more family gatherings," said Dave Silen, a manager for Holiday Tree Farms of Corvallis, the state's largest Christmas tree producer, shipping about 1 million trees a year. "Christmas trees provide a good opportunity for that situation," Silen said.

Oregon is the nation's biggest producer and exporter of Christmas trees, selling about 7.3 million trees a year, more than twice that of No. 2 North Carolina. The state produced 38 percent of the nation's holiday trees in 2009.

This year's looking good, too. "We had an excellent growing season, tree sales are brisk, and our customers are happy," Silen said.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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