Conservation Connection: Search for the Governor’s Mansion Christmas tree
(KPLR) – Do you have a grand old evergreen tree around your house or property that needs to be removed? If so, you might just be able to give it a new purpose and its time in the spotlight as the holiday tree at the governor’s mansion. Each year the Conservation Department begins a search for that special tree. The search is on! Dan Zarlenga spoke with John Fuller about locating the annual tree.
Q. So what’s the story behind this search?
- It’s a long-standing annual tradition for the Conservation Department to supply the official Christmas Tree that’s displayed in front of the Governor’s mansion in Jefferson City
- Each year at this time we embark on a search for that perfect tree
- MDC is asking Missourians to nominate a tree from their property, perhaps one that needs to be removed for home expansion or utility work
- Owner must be willing to donate the tree at no cost to the state or MDC
- MDC staff will review entries and select the winning tree
- The tree will be removed in late November at no charge and be delivered to the governor’s mansion in Jefferson City
Q. What are the qualities you’re looking for?
- Must be one of the following species:
- Norway spruce
- White pine
- Eastern red cedar
- Needs to be 40 feet tall, and fully branched on all sides
- Nominated trees and surrounding property must be accessible by a large truck for removal
Q. What advantages are there for the tree’s donor?
- They’ll receive a personalized thank you from the governor himself
- A VIP invitation to the lighting ceremony
- A chance for their tree to be lavishly decorated, and seen and appreciated by thousands
Q. How can viewers nominate one of their trees?
- Email nominations to email@example.com
- Or mail to:
Missouri Department of Conservation
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102
- Must include:
- Several photos from different angles
- Name, address and location of the tree
Deadline for entries is Sept. 30