The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree displayed every year in Washington D.C. will hail from Colorado this year, specifically from National Forest land near Meeker, Colo.
75 subalpine fir trees from Colorado will accompany the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this holiday season. These companion trees, harvested by the Colorado State Forest Service, will be placed in U.S. government offices.
CSFS foresters obtained the trees with the help of fifth- through eighth-grade students from the North Park area of Colorado.
“This was a unique opportunity for us to be able to provide these trees and involve all of the students from the Day in the Woods program,” said Hunter Townsend, state forest manager. “The students all embraced the opportunity to send a small piece of North Park to the Capitol.”
The Capitol Christmas Tree and its companion trees will make their journey from Colorado to Capitol Hill in November.
Earlier this year the CSFS also sent 5,000 tree cross-section chunks to students across Colorado to be decorated as ornaments for the Capitol Christmas Tree and its companion trees. Some of these chunks were obtained from trees that burned in the High Park Fire near Fort Collins.
For more information visit the Capitol Christmas Tree website here.