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Tree from Baltic Selected as State Capitol Tree

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release




For Immediate Release: November 19, 2015

Media Contact: Jody Heemstra 605.773.4073





EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS:  To download an audio cut from Kohlnhofer on the Capitol Christmas tree, visit SDDA’s audio page at http://news.sd.gov/mediacontent.aspx?id=12&media=Audio.



Tree from Baltic Selected as State Capitol Tree 


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s (SDDA) Resource Conservation and Forestry Division has chosen a 29-foot tall Colorado blue spruce from Baltic to serve as the featured tree in the South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display.


“We’ve been looking for trees throughout the year,” says McKenzi Kohlnhofer, urban forestry coordinator for SDDA. “We’ve had multiple people contact us saying they had a tree they’d like to donate for the Capitol Christmas Tree. This one was 2,700 pounds. We’re looking for a good, all-around tree that’s equal on all sides and is strong enough to hold all the ornaments that we’re going to put on. And, height is always a good thing.”


The tree was donated by Willette Reichert.


The South Dakota State Capitol Christmas tree display opens November 25. It is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day through December 26.


Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, preserve and improve this industry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.




A photo of the featured tree can be downloaded here.