The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry

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November 24, 2008. Ashe County, NC.. Guest workers, from Mexico, cut the trees and set them out for the others that will haul them down the steep hillside. The man with the stick lifts the low branches so the cutter can cut the trees at their lowest point above the ground. Because of the steep terrain, 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.. Guest workers make up a vital part of the Christmas tree industry. During the busiest part of the season, the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, they arrive in from other areas of the country to make wreathes,cut, bale, and load trees. Many local workers are year round employees of the large farms, but without the foreign guest workers, the industry could not provide the numbers of tree that the country requires.