The Office of the Governor says the Christmas tree industry has an overall economic impact of $50 million with 1.8 million trees harvested annually. There are 1,387 Christmas tree farms in Wisconsin, many of which are smaller than 10 acres. Wisconsin tree farmers have had the honor of winning the National Christmas Tree Contest six times, most recently in 2003.
MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The governor has cut down a Christmas tree that will end up in the Governor's Conference Room in Madison.
Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker visited Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto, which is north of Green Bay, on Wednesday. Walker calls decorating the Executive Residence, the State Capitol, and the conference room a huge undertaking, and he and the First Lady wanted to pick out the perfect tree for the conference room.
Whispering Pines has nearly 140,000 trees, and received the Grand Champion Award from the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association in 2010 and 2012. The trees on the farm are balsam firs, fraser firs, white pines, and scotch pines.