LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - This year's state Christmas tree will be the largest in history.
The state took nominations through the end of July, and typically the selected tree is 62 to 65 feet tall.
The Department of Technology, Management and Budget chose a 75-foot concolor fir from the yard of Anthony and Stephanie LaPorte in Jackson.
The tree will be harvested at no cost to the owners on Nov. 2.
The tree was first nominated in 2009 and recently became accessible due to the removal of other nearby trees.
This is the ninth tree to be selected from the Lower Peninsula; the other 18 tress have come from the Upper Peninsula.
DTMB will bring the tree to Lansing with help from the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association.
Crews will cut the tree and transport it to the Capitol lawn in Lansing at no cost to the state. DTMB will then work with Hi-Ball Company of Lansing, who volunteers a crane and crew, to set the tree on Nov. 3.
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