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Shoppers likely to meet Christmas tree shortage

Meg Hilling
November 24, 2017 06:59 PM

DURANGO, Colo. -- The race is on to get the perfect tree for Christmas. But this year, that race may be a bit faster.

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Tree growers are reporting a shortage in the trees this year. The recession in 2007 left growers planting fewer seeds. As a result, there is a slimmer than normal harvest this season.

It’s left some families eager to pick out their tree.

"We came to get our tree for the season. We like to have the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, so this is the day," tree shopper Amy Mondragon said.

Because of the shortage, Christmas tree prices are expected to rise a little bit this year. Lots like the San Juan Mountains Association are taking all the money generated from sales, and putting it back into conservation programs.

"It will take care of all the programs that they have for the little ones, all the way up to the adults and for more conservation," Sherri Libby with the San Juan Mountains Association said.

Prices will likely vary from lot to lot and depend heavily upon the size of the tree.

"Come as soon as you can," Libby said.

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