LANSING (WWJ/AP) – It might be summertime, but the search is already on for the state of Michigan’s Christmas tree.
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced earlier this week that it’s looking for a 65-foot spruce or fir and is taking nominations. The tree that is selected will be cut down and displayed on the front lawn of the Capitol starting in November.
“It may seem a little early to start talking about finding a Christmas tree in July, but it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to find just the right tree and plan for getting it to the state Capitol,” Phil Jeffery, the agency’s chief deputy director, said in a statement.
The following criteria must be met in order for the tree to be considered:
- Must be a spruce or a fir
- Height must be a minimum of 65 feet, with a maximum crown of 30 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches
- Easy access from a road with no interference from wires
- Must be offered for free
The state partners with the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing. In past years, trees have been found across the state, including as close to Lansing as Grand Ledge. Last year’s tree came from Iron River in the Upper Peninsula.
Nominations are requested by Aug. 15. After delivery of the tree, a state crew then works with Lansing’s Hi-Ball Co., which volunteers a crane and crew to set the tree. A tree-lighting takes place as part of the annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.
Those wishing to nominate a tree are asked to send their name, telephone number, a photograph of the tree and information about its size and location to ChristmasTree@michigan.gov, or by mail to:
Holiday Tree Search
Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget
Facilities Administration, Building Operations Division
P.O. Box 30026
Lansing, MI 48909
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