Search for second-annual Community Christmas Tree looking ‘promising’

The David Street Station community plaza is filled after the lighting of the first-ever Community Christmas Tree on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in the Old Yellowstone District in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The hunt for the second annual David Street Station Community Christmas Tree is underway, and the prospects look promising.

According to Jackie Landess, operations manager for David Street Station, the call for a tree donor has gone well. “We’ve actually had quite a few responses,” said Landess.

The request for a tree went early this month for a large tree with a legitimate reason for removal, such as overgrowth.

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Like last year, local contractors will volunteer their time and equipment to remove the winning tree and place it at David Street Station. This year the tree will grace the middle of the new splash pad and ice skating rink, which wasn’t yet completed in time for last year’s tree.

Representatives for Downtown Development Authority have already been out to look at some of the trees.

“It looks promising,” said Landess of the trees. The public is still welcome to send David Street Station a photo of a potential tree, along with a message on the tree’s history and why it needs to be removed.

Organizers will narrow the selection down and leave the final call to Rodolph Brothers Tree Care and Landscaping, who will be one of the local businesses volunteering on the tree effort.

The process of removing and placing the tree at the plaza will likely take place the Monday before the ceremonial tree lighting, which takes place on Nov. 24th at 5:00 p.m. Extra time is built-in for the possibility of weather delays.

Last year’s tree was a Colorado blue spruce that had encroached on a house in Mills after over 50-years of growth.

A final decision will likely be made on Nov. 1st, according to Landess.

The first-ever community Christmas tree is lifted off a truck after being transported from a yard in Mills to the David Street Station on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)