(WY News Service) -- It's Christmas tree shopping season, and Director of The Nature Conservancy Bill Ulfelder has some advice for those unable to decide between a real tree or a fake one.
Ulfelder says real trees are better, because of the environmental advantages – trees capture carbon pollution and provide animal habitat when recycled after Christmas.
Christmas tree permits for the Big Horn, Medicine Bow, and Shoshone National Forests can be obtained for about eight to $10. Tree farms are an option as well.
Ulfelder says that the production and sale of real Christmas trees is a $1 billion dollar industry that provides 100-thousand jobs in the U.S.
Most artificial trees come from Asia, while most real trees are grown in the U.S.