Donate your large evergreen for MO Governor’s Mansion Christmas tree
(KBSI) – Have a large evergreen tree in your yard? The Missouri Department of Conservation is conducting its annual search for a large Christmas tree for use on the governor’s mansion lawn in Jefferson City.
Landowners, homeowners, businesses, and communities that may have possible candidate trees are asked to contact MDC.
The tree needs to be 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, according to the MDC.
The right tree could 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 can 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,” said 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 takes place on Friday, Dec. 1.
People are asked to take photos of candidate trees and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a contact telephone number, location of the tree, and several pictures taken from different angles and distances. Candidate tree nominations can also be mailed to Missouri Department of Conservation, ATTN: Mansion Christmas Tree, PO Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
All entries must be submitted by Oct 10. Full guidelines are available at mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants/governors-mansion-christmas-tree-search. Contact MDC Communications Specialist Holly Dentner at 573-751-4115, ext. 3110 to get more information or ask questions.