Governor helps cut down Christmas trees to decorate office

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont Gov. Phil Scott got an early start on holiday decorations Friday, helping to cut down Christmas trees in Middlebury.

Gov. Phil Scott visited the Werner Tree Farm to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with help from Vermont farmers.

The trees cut during the visit will decorate the Pavilion Building in Montpelier, which houses the governor's office.

"It's rewarding because you cut that down and there's not a lot of waste at that point either. So, there's a lot of attributes. And taking care of our farmers and those involved in agriculture is so essential to who we are. And giving back is something that's really important," said Scott, R-Vermont.

According to statistics, there are 70 Christmas tree farms in Vermont. The USDA says the value of the Christmas tree industry in the state is more than $2.6 million.

Vermont holiday trees also decorate homes in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia each year, with thousands of trees from the Green Mountain State sold in urban pop-up markets.