Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

U.S. Capitol Tree Makes Way to D.C

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

U.S. Capitol Tree Makes Way to D.C

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WASHINGTON - Timber!

This year's Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol grounds has been cut and is making its 2,500-mile trek from a park in Idaho to Washington. The tree comes from the Payette National Forest near McCall, Idaho. It makes several stops in communities along the way to the nation's capital. It is expected to arrive in Washington on Nov. 28 to be decorated. There will be a lighting ceremony on the grounds of the Capitol on Dec. 6.

This year's tree is an Engelmann spruce. It weighs 16,500 pounds and is 79 years old.

How to cut such a big tree? U.S. Forest Service officials said they used a crosscut saw "in honor of traditional timber harvest and forest management practices, according to a posting on Facebook. …

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