Virginia Christmas Tree Month


WHEREAS, Virginia farmers grow numerous varieties of Christmas trees on over 500 farms across the Commonwealth for wholesale, retail and choose-and-cut customers; and

WHEREAS, Virginia ranks in the top 10 states in terms of total Christmas trees harvested, total tree acreage, and number of operations; and

WHEREAS, Virginia growers deliver the spirit of the holiday season by donating thousands of Christmas trees to military families each year through the Trees for Troops program; and

WHEREAS, Christmas trees are renewable, recyclable and natural products, and for each tree planted growers plant two to three seedlings in its place; and

WHEREAS, Christmas tree farming is part of Virginia’s economically important agriculture industry; and

WHEREAS, visiting a Christmas tree farm is a venerable holiday tradition for thousands of Virginia families and an opportunity to contribute to enterprising Virginia businesses;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize December 2016 as Virginia Christmas tree month in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.