Governor’s Christmas Tree 2015 21 Nov 15

The 2015 Christmas tree for the governor’s residence is a white spruce in the Chengwatana State Forest near Pine City. Each year, DNR staff and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota cut the tree on the Friday before Thanksgiving. But the search for just the right tree begins months before. DNR foresters keep their eye out for a tall tree that’s nicely shaped and well filled out. It also needs to be in a location where it will not be damaged when dropped, then easily pulled out and loaded onto a long trailer.

Each holiday season, half a million Christmas trees are harvested from private tree farms in Minnesota, contributing about $30 million to the state’s economy. For each tree harvested, one to three trees are replanted. Real Christmas trees store carbon during their lifespan, and they can be chipped for mulch when the season is over, making them an environmentally friendly choice.

The 30-foot Christmas tree will be set up at the governor’s official residence, 1006 Summit Ave., St. Paul, around 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 23. The tree will be lit Dec. 1. More information and details on viewing the governor’s tree is at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/christmastree.html.