By JOHN PEPIN
Journal Staff Writer
MARQUETTE - For the state of Michigan, Christmas is just around the corner.
Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget officials are on the hunt for a 65-foot spruce or fir tree to be the 2013 Christmas tree, which will be erected and decorated on the front lawn of the state Capitol.
"I know it seems odd to start the search for a Christmas tree at the start of summer" said Phil Jeffery, chief deputy director for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. "In order to have time to conduct the search and be ready for the lighting festivities in November, this is when we need to start the process."
State officials would like nominations submitted by July 31.
To be considered, a tree being nominated must be a fir or a spruce, with a minimum height of 65 feet, a maximum crown of 30 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches. The tree must be available at no cost and easily accessible from a road, with no potential interference from overhanging wires.
State officials partner with the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to deliver the tree to Lansing. In past years, trees have been found in various locations across the state. Last year's tree came from Jackson.
Individuals wishing 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:
Holiday Tree Search, Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, Facilities Administration, Building Operations Division, P.O. Box 30026, Lansing, MI 48909.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.