It's never too early to start planning for Christmas.
The search for the state of Michigan Christmas tree is underway. The state is now taking nominations for the 2012 Christmas tree that will ultimately sit on the front lawn of the Capitol this November.
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) is 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, but most often in the Upper Peninsula, including Dickinson County.
In 2010, the Capitol tree (a white spruce) came from a camp in Marquette County's Republic Township owned by Rudy and Ruth Maki of Iron Mountain.
Last year's tree came from downstate Houghton Lake.
"We make this as easy as possible for anyone interested in donating" said Phil Jeffery, chief deputy director for DTMB. "We will come on site to cut and remove the tree from the homeowner's property, so there is no expense for the donator. We accept nominations from any location in Michigan."
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.
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.
Nominations are requested by July 31.
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