Locals hope state's Christmas tree comes from the U.P. again

What's happening: The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget has initiated the search for the ideal tree to adorn the Capitol grounds for the upcoming 2023 holiday season. The state department is responsible for locating and cutting down the state Christmas tree, and is once again seeking the public's aid in identifying the flawless tree. 

With last year’s tree coming from below the bridge, many U.P. residents are hoping that the state Christmas tree will come from above the bridge. More than half of the 36 Christmas trees over the years have come from the Upper Peninsula.

What are the requirements:  Any tree up for state Christmas tree must be a spruce or fir. It has to be at least 30 inches at trunk diameter, with a height of 60 feet or more, but a maximum crown of 24 feet.

Trees are also donated, so while the tree will be removed a no cost to the landowner, the state will not pay for the tree. To help with removal, there must be easy access to the road with no wires interfering with the crown. 

What they're saying: “Although it just stopped snowing, a Pure Michigan summer is quickly approaching and that is a great time for Michiganders to seek out the perfect tree,” said Michelle Lange, director of the state department. “Each year, our team looks forward to selecting the state Christmas tree that becomes a destination for friends and families during the holiday season.” 

What's next: Those wanting to suggest a tree must email the Department of Technology, Management and Budget at ChristmasTree@michigan.gov with their name, phone number and information and a photo of the tree. The deadline is Monday, Aug. 14.
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