The search is underway for a Christmas tree to be placed in front of the Capitol this year.

The state is now taking nominations.

Officials are looking for a suitable spruce or fir.

The state partners with the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association to bring the tree to Lansing.  

In past years, trees have been found in various locations across the state, including the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula and as close to Lansing as Grand Ledge.   Last year's tree came from Iron River.

The tree must be a minimum of 65 feet in height, with a maximum crown of 30 feet and a maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches.

There must be easy access from a road with no interference from wires, and it must be available at no cost.

After delivery of the tree, a DTMB crew then works with Hi-Ball Company of Lansing, who volunteers a crane and crew to set the tree.

It all culminates with the lighting of the tree in downtown Lansing as part of the Annual Silver Bells in the City celebration.