Real Christmas Trees are the Best Choice
Real Christmas Trees Benefit the Environment
While they're growing, Real Christmas Trees support life by absorbing carbon dioxide and other gases and emitting fresh oxygen. The farms that grow Christmas Trees stabilize soil, protect water supplies and provide refuge for wildlife while creating scenic green belts. Often, Christmas Trees are grown on soil that doesn't support other crops. See what the experts say about Real Christmas Trees.

Real Christmas Trees Are Renewable
Real Christmas Trees are grown on farms just like any other agricultural crop. To ensure a constant supply, Christmas Tree growers plant one to three new seedlings for every tree they harvest. On the other hand, artificial trees are a petroleum-based product manufactured primarily in Chinese factories. The average family uses an artificial tree for only six to nine years before throwing it away, where it will remain in a landfill for centuries after disposal.

Real Christmas Trees Are Recyclable
Real Christmas Trees are biodegradable, which means they can be easily reused or recycled for mulch and other purposes. Learn about the many ways that Real Christmas Trees are being recycled and reused in communities nationwide.

Listen to the broadcast by NPR News's Adam Cole, Tree-Incarnation: Christmas Trees Return To Nature (A Poem)
Membership of Your Choice
NCTA recognizes that not all Christmas Tree professionals' needs are alike ... that different segments of the community have different needs ... that some services appeal to some members and not to others.

NCTA members receive a variety of benefits. Membership categories allow you to purchase the benefit package that works for you. If you are not currently a Premier member, consider giving yourself an upgrade to receive additional benefits.

View the 2014 Membership Application

Not sure which membership category is right for you? Learn more.
New Leadership in 2014
The National Christmas Tree Association is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of Christmas Tree growers and retailers who represent an extensive cross section of the industry.

The Executive Committee is composed of five elected Directors of NCTA.

Welcome the new 2014-2015 NCTA Executive Committee members:
Blake Rafeld, President
Tom Dull, President-Elect
Bentley Curry, Vice President of Finance
Paul Schroeder, Vice President
Bob Schaefer, Vice President
Cline Church, Immediate Past President
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