By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Governor downs Capitol Christmas Tree in Greenough


December 7, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

Gov. Greg Gianforte, state conservation officials and local loggers pose in front of the Capitol Christmas tree before cutting it down on Nov. 27.

Gov. Greg Gianforte joked he would cut down the Capitol Christmas Tree himself with a chainsaw, but a feller buncher beat him to the punch and slashed a massive Douglas fir on Lubrecht Experimental Forest last Monday, Nov. 27.

Gianforte and his wife Susan met with state conservation officials and local loggers to cut down the tree on state trust lands within Lubrecht. Gianforte said active forest management seen in Greenough will better the state's forests while keeping the timber economy alive.

"It's starting to feel like Christmas, and we love having a Montana tree in the Capitol. I thin...

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