A 66-foot-tall spruce from the western part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been selected as the state’s 30th official Christmas tree and will travel to Lansing at the end of the month.
“The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget’s work to select and acquire the state’s official tree is one of our most enjoyable projects each year,” says David Behen, director of the DTMB and the chief information officer of the state of Michigan. “It’s always impressive to see the huge tree roll into Lansing on the back of a timberman’s semi.”
The tree will be harvested, at no cost to the owners, on Oct. 28. The Michigan Association of Timbermen, the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and Michigan Operators Engineers will help transport the tree to Lansing, where it will be set up at the corner of Capitol Avenue and East Michigan Avenue.
The tree, scheduled to arrive at the Capitol Building on Oct. 31, is from Wakefield, 10 miles east of Ironwood near the Wisconsin border. It’s the 21st time the official Christmas tree has been selected from the Upper Peninsula.
The tree lighting will be held on Nov. 20. as part of the Silver Bells in the City celebration.