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Colorado tree selected for Christmas at US Capitol

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Posted at 6:41 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 08:50:18-04

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A U.S. Forest official says that the U.S. Capitol Building will display a Christmas tree from Colorado this year.

A Capitol architect will make the official announcement in a few days.

“I’m thrilled that one of Colorado’s magnificent Engelmann Spruce is heading to Washington D.C. to represent our state at the U.S. Capitol during the holidays this year,” said Colorado Gov. Jared Polis. “Coloradans are proud of our state’s natural beauty, forests, and incredible outdoor spaces, and I’m glad the rest of the country will be able to see a small piece of the majesty that Colorado offers. While this is a difficult time for people across our state and across the country, I hope that Colorado’s contribution to the national Christmas spirit can help bring us all together.”

The tree will come from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG).

“The GMUG is honored and excited to be providing the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The GMUG plays an important role in Experiencing Your Nature and we look forward to highlighting all that the GMUG has to offer. We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with and showcase the great state of Colorado” said Acting Regional Forester, Jennifer Eberlien.

It will be set up on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building, where it will be decorated and displayed.

“We sincerely hope the gift of this towering tree from Colorado for the Capitol lawn helps inspire deep pride in America the Beautiful and happiness throughout the holidays, while showcasing the splendor of Colorado’s Mountains and Mesas region," said Colorado Tourism Director Cathy Ritter.

The Forest Service will work with Choose Outdoors and a host of other partners, sponsors and volunteers who will contribute funding and time to help make ornaments and transport the tree from Colorado to Washington, D.C.

Officials say the coronavirus pandemic is complicating some of the pageantry the tree is usually afforded, but events are still tentatively planned.