The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry

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November 24, 2008. Ashe County, NC.. Stumps mark the site of cut trees. They are then set out for the tractor that will haul them down the steep hillside. Most of the cutting and hauling is done by hand until a rough road can be reached. The trees are baled, ie wrapped, before being put on a truck to prevent damage tot he valuable trees. The stumps are left in the soil to decompose and provide organic fuel for the next round of trees that will be planted between the stumps.