Wisconsin State Capitol Christmas Tree Fresh From the Northland

By KBJR News 1

November 18, 2011 Updated Nov 18, 2011 at 12:35 PM CDT

Brule River State Forest (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Wisconsin's State Capitol Christmas tree was harvested from the Northland this year.

The 36 foot tall Balsam Fir, cut from the Brule River State Forest, will be hauled to Madison to be displayed in the Capital Rotunda.

The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association and NORTRAX are both donating time and equipment to make sure the tree gets to the Capital.

Two trees were actually taken from the Brule River forest today.
Dave Shulz, the forest Superintendent, says a second tree is cut and its branches used for filler.

"They actually carry it into the state capital which just has double doors. Walking doors so it goes through about a six or seven foot space so when you see the tree you could understand that it could break some branches and once it's in there they set it up and actually fill it in with other branches," said Schulz.

The tree will be shipped down to Madison where it will be trimmed for decoration.

The tree being cut for the Governor's home in Minnesota was harvested in Pine City.