Summer wildfires and heat create Christmas tree shortage in the North State

  • Source: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding
  • Published: 11/24/2021 12:00 AM

This is the fourth year that Colley Tree Farm off of Hilltop Drive has operated in the city of Redding. Owner Brian Colley has been coming down from his residence in Eugene, Oregon since 2018 to sell fresh Christmas trees to folks in Shasta County and has trees for sale in many shapes and sizes. Drought and climate change have impacted forests in the Northstate, but also up north in Oregon and Washington where evergreen trees grow in abundance. Colley says it was a particularly bad wildfire season, heat wave, and drought that has killed a lot of the Christmas trees that he would normally be selling, causing a price increase of three to five dollars per tree. "There’s been a shortage of Christmas trees this year," Colley said. "The heat wave that was 117 just destroyed a lot of the trees that would’ve come to market this year."


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