By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Finance Cabinet spokeswoman Cindy Landham said Monday Governor Steve Beshear's administration had opted not to follow the traditional route of issuing a public request for a donated tree that state workers load aboard a truck to be hauled to Frankfort.

The move is drawing kudos from environmentalists, including leaders of the forest protection group Heartwood who said they're pleased Kentucky has opted to decorate an existing tree rather than kill one.

Donated trees typically have stood at the end of the lengthy walkway leading to the Capitol's front doors, a location where a stage is now under construction for Beshear's pre-Christmas inaugural ceremonies. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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