Helicopter Harvests Christmas Trees

We just bought our Christmas tree, and noted how fresh it smells and how much water it sucks in from the stand. That made me wonder about where they come from and how they get here so fast.

So I found some YouTube videos of helicopter harvesting of Christmas trees. Here is one of them:

 

Here is a look from the cockpit.

Besides being impressed by the badass flying this guy does, it makes me wonder how that can possibly be profitable. He must be flying thousands of times, each time with a bundle of a few Christmas trees tied together. Helicopter time by the hour, gasoline, and pilot time? Wouldn’t it be cheaper to just drive a truck along the way? Apparently not.

The History of Christmas (and the tree) – Take Three

When you get ready to throw out this year’s Christmas tree, in the next few weeks, you might be interested in this:

On average, artificial trees are used for six years in people’s homes. Then they spend centuries in a landfill. 85 percent of all artificial trees are imported from China. Worldwide, 10 million fake trees were sold worldwide in 2003.

There are approximately 15,000 Christmas tree growers in the U.S. that sell 34 to 36 million trees each year. Christmas trees usually grow for 7 to 10 years before they are cut. The industry employs about 100,000 people.

59 percent of real Christmas trees harvested are recycled to be used to make sand and soil erosion barriers, and they are turned into mulch.

Christmas tree farms provide habitats for wildlife.

An acre of Christmas trees creates the daily oxygen of 18 people.