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By Andi Bourne

State Capitol Christmas tree cut by Seeley Lake logger


December 2, 2021

Bryan Lorengo

J&E Contracting Feller Buncher operator Ernie Hals, J&E Contracting Owner Ed Jungers and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forester Sam Whitney pose in front of the nearly 35 foot Douglas fir that was cut and delivered to the State Capitol in Helena Nov. 24.

OVANDO – J&E Contracting, of Seeley Lake, provided this year's State Christmas tree that will be on display in the Montana Capitol rotunda in Helena. The Christmas tree is coordinated through the Montana Logging Association. They have worked with Montana loggers to provide a live Christmas tree for the Capitol for the past several years, skipping last year due to COVID.

Montana Logging Association Southwest Regional Representative Bryan Lorengo started coordinating the tree for the Capitol after being asked by former Governor Steve Bullock's budget director. They happened to serve on the...

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