Search for state Christmas tree ends in Jackson

The search for this year's state Christmas tree has ended with the selection of the largest tree in the history of state Christmas trees in Michigan.

The Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) has selected a 75-foot beauty from Jackson. The concolor fir will be delivered to the Capitol lawn in Lansing at 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 3 to serve as the 2012 state Christmas tree.

Typically the selected tree is 62 to 65 feet tall.

After taking nominations from all across the state through the end of July, the evaluation process began, resulting in the selected tree from Jackson.

The tree will be harvested at no cost to the owners on November 2. It was donated by lifelong Jackson residents Anthony and Stephanie LaPorte.

The tree was first nominated in 2009 and recently became accessible due to the removal of other nearby trees.

This is the ninth tree to be selected from the Lower Peninsula; the other 18 tress have come from the Upper Peninsula.

The lighting of the tree will take place on the evening of Friday, Nov. 16 as part of the 28th annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.

Published: Thu, Nov 1, 2012

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