Governor's Christmas Tree Harvested from General CC Andrews State Forest

November 17, 2017 04:20 PM

Along with Minnesota Christmas traditions of snow, delicious food, spending time with loved ones, a tree from a state forest will make its way to the governor's residence.

This year the tree comes from General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River. Last year the tree came from Nemadji State Forest. 

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The tree is a 30-foot-tall white spruce, and it will be set up on Monday, Nov. 20. The following Monday, Nov. 27, the tree will be lit. 

RELATED: 2016 Governor's Christmas Tree Harvested from Nemadji State Forest

DNR staff said the search for the perfect tree begins months before the winter holidays season. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources looks for a tree that it has a nice shape, is all filled out and won't be damaged when dropped. 

"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," the DNR said in a release. "This year, small businesses are making 150,000 wreaths with balsam boughs harvested from state forest lands."

More information is available on the DNR website.

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