ALBANY, N.Y. — New York officials are asking state residents to think locally when choosing a Christmas tree.

State agricultural officials say there are 875 farms in upstate New York that sell more than 300,000 trees a year.

The Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website lists local farms.

The state also allows tree farmers who follow sustainability standards to take part in the New York State Grown & Certified program. Participating farms are listed on the program’s website.

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