State Capitol Christmas tree will come from farm in Pelican Lake

MADISON (WITI) -- Gov. Scott Walker announced the selection of the Christmas tree that will stand in the State Capitol rotunda this holiday season.  Dennis and Kim Schoeneck, Pelican Lake, Wisconsin, will donate the 40 foot tall balsam fir, and a number of other trees, to decorate the Capitol square and the exterior of the Executive Residence.

The tree chosen as the Capitol Christmas tree must be a full Balsam Fir, approximately 35-55 feet tall.  Gov. Walker has requested the help of students from public and private schools across the state to craft and create ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree under the theme, Honoring Wisconsin’s Veterans.

Kim and Dennis Schoeneck, owners of Schoeneck Tree Farm, were named 2014 National Regional Tree Farmers of the Year by the American Tree Farm System® (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation.