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U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to come from Chippewa National Forest

Forum News Service

CASS LAKE, Minn. -- This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree has been selected from the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota.

Staff from the Capitol and U.S. Forest Service visited the forest in late July to narrow down dozens of candidates to the final selection. Another tree also was selected as a backup in case something happens to the first, such as a lightning strike.

“This gift from Minnesota and Chippewa National Forest provides opportunities to connect with communities and partners, and helps build awareness of natural resources of our state,” Forest Supervisor Darla Lenz said. “Truly, a one in a million find."

The Chippewa National Forest staff sought a tree that was 60 to 80 feet tall with a full pyramid-like shape, healthy branches and a straight trunk. The species also had to be hardy enough to withstand transport to Washington, D.C.

To protect the selected trees from harm, their location is not being disclosed. A cutting ceremony is set for Oct. 29. The location and time will be released later.