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WCCTA History in Watauga County North Carolina
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WCCTA History
Christmas tree growers in Watauga County organized the first mountain incorporated association to advance the interests of the nursery industry in February 1980. The growers that were instrumental in organizing the Watauga County Christmas Tree Association were Kenneth Dotson, Tom Foxx, Marvin Storie, and Harry Yates, along with County Extension Director, Gene Brewer. The first Board of Directors included Herbert Aldridge, Ray Clark, Kenneth Dotson, Raymond Farthing, Tom Foxx (Vice President), Marvin Storie, Denver Taylor, Bobby Yates (Secretary/Treasurer), and Harry Yates (President). Members voted in 2006 to change the name of the association to the Watauga County Christmas Tree Association in order to better represent the actual membership base.

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Watauga County Christmas Tree Association Boone NC
Watauga County Christmas Tree Association Boone NC

Our Purpose
Purpose of the Watauga County Christmas Tree Association as listed in the Articles of Incorporation:
• To advance the interests of the plant nursery industry.
• To collect, preserve, and circulate valuable and useful information relating to the business of the nursery industry.
• To promote research intended to improve the production, handling, marketing, use and maintenance of horticultural and environmental plants.
• To promote the betterment of markets for horticultural and environmental plants and related items.
• To publicize the current grade standards or techniques used or recommended for determining plant quality.
• To strive to promote the best interests of people engaged in the nursery industry.

For more information about the Watauga County Christmas Tree Association, please contact Susanne at 828-264-3061 or Contact Us.

Preserving Small Family Farms in Watauga County NC
Preserving Small Family Farms in Watauga County NC

Preserving Small Family Farms
Every Christmas tree farm in Watauga County is a family farm and provides a unique experience to celebrate the small farmer. Trees are grown at high elevations where conditions are perfect for the native Fraser Fir Christmas tree. By supporting these local farms, the viewscapes of Watauga County are preserved and provide essential habitat for songbirds, deer, quail, turkey, bear, and other small mammals. Quail Unlimited has recognized Fraser fir Christmas tree farms for supporting critical habitat needed for Bobwhite quail survival.

As Christmas trees are harvested, new transplants are continually replanted, to continue the support of area wildlife. For those who are concerned about the conservation of open land and ecological habitats, tree farms are a natural partner.

WCCTA Membership Services in Watauga County NC
WCCTA Membership Services in Watauga County NC

WCCTA Member Services
• Maintains membership information on this Website.
• Helps each other (members buy from other members first).
• Organizes Choose & Cut days annually, representing members through mass marketing projects and distributing brochures across the state.
• Interfaces with local government on grower’s behalf.
• Presents educational meetings, summer tours, and annual Fraser Fir field day.
• Maintains an answering service at 828-264-3061 and this Website to respond to all inquiries.
• Addresses issues that will affect Christmas tree production.

If you would like to become a member of the Watauga County Christmas Tree Association, please complete a copy of our Membership Application, and return it to the address listed on the application.

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Location of Watauga County North Carolina
Location of Watauga County North Carolina

Watauga County, North Carolina
Watauga County lies in the northwest corner of the state of North Carolina. The county is home to popular tourist destinations such as Boone, historic Valle Crucis, Blowing Rock, and Tweetsie Railroad. Grandfather Mountain and Pisgah National Forest are also just a short drive from the Boone area. Watauga County is also home to 3 time National Football Champions, the Appalachian State University Mountaineers. Throughout Watauga County one can find acres of lush green fields of Fraser Fir Christmas trees.

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Fraser Fir Christmas Trees from Watauga County NC
Fraser Fir Christmas Trees from Watauga County NC

Fraser Fir Christmas Trees
The Fraser Fir is often referred to as the “Perfect Christmas Tree”. It’s the preferred Christmas tree due to several qualities:

• Exceptional needle-retention, as compared to other tree species, which ensures that needles stay on branches and off the consumer’s floor.
• Pleasing fragrance, which persists year-round, and for many consumers defines the true sensation of the Christmas season.
• Strong, upright branches, which are perfect for displaying lights, ornaments and garland.

Fraser Fir Christmas Trees from Watauga County NC
Fraser Fir Christmas Trees from Watauga County NC

Driving Times to Watauga County NC
Driving times are approximate to downtown Boone, North Carolina. Allow extra time in snowy weather.

Asheville, NC: 1.8 hours.
Atlanta, GA: 5.0 hours.
Charlotte, NC: 1.9 hours.
Columbia, SC: 3.2 hours.
Johnson City, TN: 1.6 hours.
Knoxville, TN: 3.2 hours.
Raleigh, NC: 3.5 hours.
Winston Salem, NC: 1.8 hours.

Memberships and Watauga County Tourism

Christmas Tree Associations
North Carolina Christmas Tree Association
National Christmas Tree Association
Watauga County Cooperative Extension
North Carolina State University
North Carolina Department of Agriculture
Trees For Troops

Watauga County Tourism Links
Explore Boone Area
High Country Host
Boone Chamber of Commerce
Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
Mountain Home Music
North Carolina Vacations
Blue Ridge Media Web Design



Watauga County Christmas Tree Association

971 West King Street
Boone, NC 28607

828-264-3061

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