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Rockefeller Tree to be Made Into Morris Homes

The 2012 Christmas tree donated by Flanders resident Joseph Balku will be used in the construction of houses for Morris County Habitat for Humanity.

When Joseph Balku agreed to have his 80-foot tall, ten-ton Norway spruce used as the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center, it was because he believed it was something everyone would see.

"It is something the whole country can enjoy," Balku said.

And now that the holidays are past, Balku's donation will now be enjoyed permanantly by Morris County families who need homes.

According to a report by the Daily Record, Tishman Speyer, the company that co-owns and operates Rockefeller Center, is donating the lumber milled from this year’s Rockefeller tree to Morris Habitat for Humanity to be used as building material for local homes.

Balku, a resident of Mount Olive since 1972, said that his tree survived Hurricane Sandy due to the timely wrapping of the limbs before the high winds arrived. That preparation  ultimately allowed the tree to survive to be used for Christmas celebration, and now, to build homes in Morris County. 

The Daily Record report said the tree will create 600 to 900 two-by-fours that will be used to build two homes in Mount Olive and three in Madison, according to Morris Habitat Executive Director Blair Schleicher Bravo.

For updates on the Christmas tree lumber, friend Morris Habitat on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, or check out the Morris Habitat for Humanity site.  

clyde donovan January 23, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I bet each of these politically correct 2X4s will actually costs a lot more than a 2X4 - that meets code - at Home Depot.
grandma cares January 23, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Boy oh boy I have tingles from all the goodness in the wood.
Eileen Stokes January 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM
Many thanks to Tishman Speyer for their sensitivity to the disposal of this tree that brought so much pleasure to so many and which acted locally as a symbol of survival and hope after Hurricane Sandy. Clyde Donovan, if the wood does cost more per board foot, and I would not assume that it will, it will most likely be a higher caliber wood. There is a huge problem in new growth wood these days. It is not a strong as old growth. It has been grown so quickly using "optimum growth" policies that the wood often wracks and is just lacking in overall strength. Slow growth, while not old growth, is most likely better quality.

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