28 / 20
      32 / 14
      17 / 5

      Search begins for next State Christmas tree

      The search for the next State of Michigan Christmas tree is now underway.

      The Department of Technology, Management and Budget announced that are searching for the 2014 Christmas tree that will sit on the Capitol lawn this November. DTMB will be partnering with Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing.

      While last year's tree came from Iron River, previous trees have come from all across the state.

      "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," says Chief Deputy Director for DTMB Phil Jeffery.

      The state is looking for nominees that fit the following criteria:

      1) Must be a spruce or fir.2) Height must be a minimum of 65 feet, with a maximum crown of 30 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches.3) Easy access from a road with no interference from wires4) Available at no cost

      If you are looking to nominate a tree, please send your name, phone number, a picture of the tree along with its size and location to or mail the information to:

      Holiday Tree SearchMichigan Department of Technology, Management and BudgetFacilities Administration, Building Operations DivisionP.O. Box 30026Lansing, MI 48909

      Nominations are due by August 15.