Department of Conservation Looking for Governor's Christmas Tree

3 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago September 13, 2013 Sep 13, 2013 Friday, September 13 2013 Friday, September 13, 2013 10:33:00 AM CDT in News
By: Devon Fasbinder, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is doing its annual statewide search for the perfect tree for the governor's mansion.

The MDC wants anyone with a suitable evergreen to nominate their tree for the honor in Jefferson City.

"Many homeowners, businesses and communities have wonderful evergreens that need to be removed for home expansion, utility work or other reasons," said Nick Kuhn, the MDC Community Forestry Coordinator. "Using one of these large evergreens for the governor's mansion is a great way for the tree to be seen by many, and be remembered for years to come."

The owner of the winning tree will receive a personalized thank-you from Governor Jay Nixon and an invitation to the lighting ceremony.

Requirements for the tree include:

  • White Pine, Norway Spruce, or Eastern Red Cedar tree
  • At least 40 feet tall
  • Fully branched on all sides
  • Accessible by a large truck for removal
  • Donated with no additional costs to the MDC or the state

The MDC will remove the tree at no cost to the owner in late-November.

If you have a nomination, you can email it to holidaytrees@mdc.mo.gov or mail it to Missouri department of Conservation, Holiday Tree, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Be sure to include the property owner name, address, phone number, email address, location of the tree and several pictures from several angles and distances.

Nominations are due September 30. For additional guidelines and information, go to MDC's website.

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