Christmas in July: MDC begins search Governor’s Mansion holiday tree

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Photo Courtesy: Missouri Department of Conservation

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI)-It may be the middle of a hot Missouri summer, but the Missouri Department of Conservation is already thinking of the holiday season. It is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas evergreen tree for use on the Governor’s Mansion lawn. Anyone with a possible tree candidate is asked to contact the Department.

The donated tree must be 40 feet tall and either be an eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine. Candidate trees must be fully branched on all four sides and accessible by large equipment.

If your tree is picked, the MDC will do all the cutting and hauling. You’ll get an invitation to the tree lighting ceremony, which usually occurs the first week of December.

If you’d like to nominate a tree, take several different photos and email them to holidaytrees@mdc.mo.gov. Be sure to include a contact telephone number and the location of the tree. Candidate tree nominations can also be submitted by mail to: Missouri Department of Conservation, ATTN: Mansion Christmas Tree, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

All entries must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2015.