On May 29, Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget officially began the search for the right tree to grace the Capitol grounds for the holiday season. That effort continues during June, July and into August.
“We are looking for help from Michiganders to select the perfect tree,” explained DTMB Director Trish Foster. “As people are traveling the state this summer we ask them to be on the lookout for that one tree that that would look great adorned in lights in front of the Capitol this winter.”
To be considered, trees need to fit the following criteria:
TYPE: Spruce or fir
SIZE: At least 60 feet tall with a maximum crown of 24 feet and maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches
ACCESS: Easy access to the road with no interference from wires
COST: Available at no cost
DTMB works with the Michigan Association of Timbermen and Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing. In the last 32 years, trees have come from locations across the state – from back yards to public land near highways and forests. Last year's tree was donated by Mike and Shelly Katto of Alpena.
The deadline for tree nominations is Thursday, August 15, 2019. Individuals who wish 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:
Christmas Tree Search
Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget
Building Operations Division
P.O. Box 30026
Lansing, MI 48909