Investigate the abiotic factors that support or limit the growth of plants in an ecosystem. Then learn about scientists who are studying what effect a warming climate will have on North Carolina’s $75 million tree industry, which ranks second in the country in Christmas tree sales.
North Carolina’s Christmas tree industry produces enough “green” to make even The Grinch smile.
The latest numbers from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture report 2011 Christmas tree sales totaled more than $75 million. The state’s 300 growers produce about 20% of the Christmas trees grown in the U.S.