There’s been listener reaction to news that The Missouri Department of Conservation is looking to state residents to provide a Christmas Tree for the Governor’s mansion lawn.
The agency has announced it’s seeking a 30 to 40 foot eastern white pine, Norway spruce, or eastern red cedar and those with one to offer should contact the agency by October 10th.
A KRMS listener writes “I cant believe MDC is asking folks to donate a big tree for Governors mansion. The MDC operates on our tax $$, owns more land in Missouri than China. They have huge trees on their land, let then cut one of their own.”
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Note from the Newsroom: The request for the tree is done every year by the state as the donated tree is put on display and the donating family is awarded for their donation once selected.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas tree for use on the governor’s mansion lawn in Jefferson City. MDC is asking landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities that may have possible candidate trees to contact the Department.
MDC is looking for a tree that is about 30 to 40 feet tall. The preferred species for the tree is eastern red cedar, Norway spruce, or white pine. The best candidates will be fully branched on all sides and easily accessible by large equipment.
The right tree may either be near the end of its life or may need to be removed for other reasons. Often evergreens are planted too close to homes and buildings and eventually grow too large for the space.
“Most of the trees we find were planted decades ago and have outgrown their space at the end of their life,” says MDC Community Forestry Coordinator Russell Hinnah. “Having that tree displayed at the governor’s mansion is a great way to share their beauty with thousands of Missourians who visit the mansion during the holidays.”
Once the tree is selected, MDC staff will coordinate the cutting and delivery of the trees to the governor’s mansion at no cost to the owners. The donor will receive a thank-you from the governor and an invitation to the lighting ceremony, which usually occurs the first Friday in December.
Hinnah asks people to take photos of candidate trees and email them to email@example.com. Be sure to include a contact telephone number, location of the tree, and several pictures taken from different angles and distances. Candidate tree nominations can also be submitted by mail to: Missouri Department of Conservation, ATTN: Mansion Christmas Tree, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
All entries must be submitted by Oct 7. Full guidelines are available at mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/governors-mansion-christmas-tree-search.