The search for the State of Michigan Christmas tree is underway.
The state is now taking nominations for the 2013 Christmas tree that will ultimately sit on the front lawn of the Capitol this November. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) announced today they are now searching for a 65-foot spruce or fir.
DTMB partners with the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing. In past years, trees have been found in various locations across the state, including the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Last year's tree came from Jackson.
"I know it seems odd to start the search for a Christmas tree at the start of summer" said Phil Jeffery, Chief Deputy Director for DTMB. "In order to have time to conduct the search and be ready for the lighting festivities in November, this is when we need to start the process." After delivery of the tree, a DTMB crew then works with Hi-Ball Company of Lansing, who volunteers a crane and crew to set the tree. It all culminates with the lighting of the tree in downtown Lansing as part of the Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.
The state requires the following 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
*Available at no cost
Nominations are requested by July 31, 2012. Individuals 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