Monday, November 9, 2015

A Giant Christmas Tree’s 4000 Mile Journey from Alaska to Capitol Hill

"For over 90 years the majestic Lutz spruce stood silently in the Chugach National Forest near Seward, Alaska.
Hidden from most tourists, except intrepid hikers, the spruce, as high as a seven story building, would have aged in obscurity but for a stroke of luck: this Lutz spruce was chosen among the more than five million acres of the Chugach’s wooded forests to be the proverbial “People’s Tree” and grace the slope of the West Lawn on Capitol Hill just beneath the soaring white dome that unites both wings of Congress.
Officially known as the Capitol Christmas Tree, the People’s Tree from Alaska will be the first to come from America’s biggest state. Every year since 1970, from New Hampshire to California, the U.S. Forest Service, in cooperation with the U.S. Architect of the Capitol’s Office has selected a tree from one of the 154 forests it manages..."
Christmas tree

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