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Rockefeller Tree Lumber to be Used in MD Habitat for Humanity Homes


Thursday, December 15, 2022   

One of the more famous Christmas trees in the world will be coming home to Maryland as milled lumber.

In 2021 a family in Cecil County was approached by representatives from Rockefeller Center in New York City about using their Norway Spruce as the center's Christmas tree for the season.

Recently, Tishman Speyer - the development company that owns Rockefeller Center - delivered the tree, now as milled lumber, to Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna.

Cathy Herlinger, communications manager with Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna, said the lumber will be used as building materials in a few area homes.

"The arrangement that we have with Tishman Speyer is the milled lumber has to be used in Habitat homes," said Herlinger. "It's not structural quality, so it's going to be used either as part of blocking behind cabinetry, or for a planter box, or it could be for an address sign. "

Habitat Susquehanna will be putting on a Holiday House tour of historic homes in Bel Air this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For tickets and details visit the Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna website under events.

This is the first time the Rockefeller Center tree came from Maryland. Some of the lumber will return to Cecil County, and be used in a home built off-site by High School students in Habitat for Humanity's Habi-Tech program.

Herlinger said in their partnership with schools' students learn trades while building a house for Habitat.

"The Cecil County home is an arrangement that we have with the Cecil County School of Technology," said Herlinger, "where the students learn about all aspects of the trades program, like carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, by building a Habitat home."

The home will be moved and completed on site by Habitat volunteers at a future date. The Rockefeller Center lumber will also be used in a duplex being built in Havre de Grace.

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