CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ronald Fisher knew something needed to be done to the white pine that was growing precariously closer to his front porch in Charleston, so he's letting the state show it off.
Fisher has donated the 25-foot tree as one of three natural trees that will be used for holiday displays this year at the Capitol Complex. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will lead a lighting ceremony Dec. 3 as part of the annual Joyful Night celebration.
Fisher and his wife, Juanita, inherited the tree when the couple moved into their home three years ago.
He tried to get the state to use the tree for display last year but was told it wasn't tall enough. But officials came calling this year.
"It's kind of getting close to our front porch. It's not touching it yet, but it's close," Fisher said. "My wife kind of thinks it doesn't need to be there."
Fisher said he never decorated the tree around the holidays because it would have required him to use a ladder. But he plans to take his two grandchildren to see how it looks illuminated on the Capitol grounds.
"More people can look at it there than they can here," Fisher said.
Fisher's tree will be used around the north fountain at the Capitol.
And for the second consecutive year, the other two trees are from the Fayette County farm of Al Tolliver. One, a 25-foot Canaan fir, will be lit at the south fountain. The other is a 14-foot Fraser fir that will be decorated at the Governor's Mansion.