Staff from the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa set up the Christmas tree Wednesday at the Governor’s residence in St. Paul (see photo below).
The tree is a balsam fir that came from General CC Andrews State Forest in Pine County. It is roughly 40 years old and 25 feet tall.
Each year, the DNR staff selects the official Governor’s Christmas tree from one of Minnesota’s 59 state forests.
Half a million Christmas trees are harvested from private tree farms in Minnesota each holiday season, contributing about $30 million to the state’s economy. For each tree harvested, one to three trees are planted.
Real Christmas trees provide an environmentally friendly decorating option during the holidays because they store carbon during their lifespan and can be chipped for mulch when the season is over.
The tree will be lit Thursday, Dec. 5. Information about viewing the tree at the Governor’s residence can be found at mn.gov/admin/governors-residence/tours/schedule/