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More Americans are celebrating Christmas with fake trees, believing that to be the more environmentally friendly alternative. But tree growers disagree. They cite the ecological benefits of real trees--before and after the presents are opened. While they grow, advocates say, real trees stabilize the soil and provide a home for wildlife. After Christmas, more and more programs are sprouting up to use discarded trees for mulch, underwater fences along barge canals (Louisiana), guides for snowmobilers in winter over frozen lakes and underwater feeding areas for fish after the ice melts (Michigan), and new dunes to protect beaches from erosion (Texas). In 2002, 22.3 million people bought real Christmas trees, and 93 percent of those surveyed recycled them, according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
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Title Annotation:Stateline
Publication:State Legislatures
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2004
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