A search for the next State of Michigan Christmas tree has gotten underway. The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) says they are now taking nominations for the 2014 Christmas tree that will ultimately sit on the front lawn of the Capitol in Lansing. DTMB says they are searching for a 65-foot spruce or fir.

Phil Jeffery, Chief Deputy Director for DTMB, says "it may seem a little early to start talking about finding a Christmas tree in July, but it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to find just the right tree and plan for getting it to the state Capitol."

The state requires the following criteria in order for a tree to be considered:

  • Must be a spruce or fir
  • Height must be a minimum of 65 feet, with a maximum crown of 30 feet and maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches
  • Easy access to the road with no interference from wires
  • Available at no cost

DTMB will work with the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing. Once there, a DTMB crew will work with Hi-Ball Company of Lansing who volunteer 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 will be accepted until August 15, 2014. Individuals wishing to nominate a tree are asked to submit 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, P.O. Box 30026, Lansing, MI 48909