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A child looks at the evergreen in the Wisconsin State Capitol on Dec. 22, 2018. The tree that sits in the Capitol rotunda during November and December will again be called a Holiday Tree going forward, Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday. Former Gov. Scott Walker had called it a Christmas Tree during his eight years in office.(Photo: Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - In a subtle rebuke of his predecessor, Gov. Tony Evers is asking Wisconsin school children to send him science-related ornaments to hang on a two-story tall evergreen in the state Capitol he's calling a "Holiday Tree."

Evers announced Friday the theme of this year's tree is "Celebrate Science," which the Democratic governor has repeatedly said his administration would do after the state Department of Natural Resources under former Gov. Scott Walker lost science positions at the agency where biologists, ecologists and engineers play key roles in managing natural resources and enforcing pollution laws.