Silver screen green: Movie trees donated to county

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The “Independence Day” sequel has finished filming in New Mexico, but the crew is leaving something behind. They’ve donated something special from the movie set for everyone to enjoy.

Seven trees, valued at $10,000, from “Independence Day: Resurgence” will be planted in county parks. The special delivery arrived at Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation Department yard Monday afternoon.

“We’re looking at about 600 pounds total. It’s Mediterranean Cypress or Italian Cypress,” said Tim Taylor, movie greensman for the “Independence Day” sequel.

“These were on the set of the Capitol Building and the White House,” he explained. “We thought it would be the best interest to donate them to the county, so they have a happy life,” he said.

Amanda Colburn, Bernalillo County film liaison, said, “The film industry, in general, brings a boost to the local economy.”

She said the tree donation is the latest example of what the movie industry does for New Mexico.

“The production employed roughly 560 New Mexcio crew members and over 5,000 background and extra actors,” she said.

The trees will be cared for at the Parks and Rec. Department until a permanent home is found, most likely in one of the county’s 53 parks or other facilities.

“Independence Day: Resurgence” hits theaters worldwide on June 24.

 

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