Do you have an ominous spruce? New York would love to take it off your hands

The State General Service Office makes its usual request for large unwanted trees that can serve as holiday decorations at the Capitol.


Employees of the Office of General Services secure the tall downed fir tree of the home of Beth Keitel and Rita Shawn on Jermain Street, Friday, November 22, 2019, in Albany, NY It’s that time of year again – the state wants two spruce trees that have survived their welcome into people’s yards. The trees will be used at the Capitol during the holidays. (Will Waldron/Times Union)

Will Waldron

ALBANY – Landowners with overgrown spruce trees can once again apply to the state to take care of their tree problem for free.

The State Office of General Service is looking for two spruce trees to display in front of the Capitol this holiday season. Owners can donate the trees and they will be removed free of charge in mid-November. The trees will be lit as part of the state tree lighting event in December at the Empire State Plaza. One tree is placed in East Capitol Park and the other in Empire State Plaza near the skating rink.

The state is looking for spruce trees between 35 and 55 feet tall. The tree must be easily accessible and clear of any electrical lines. Proximity to the Capital Region is ideal, according to the state.

Homeowners who believe they have a tree that fits the bill are asked to contact Kevin Ciampi at [email protected] The email should include your name, the location of the tree, a photo of it, and a phone number.

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