Chippewa National Forest
What do they do with the Capitol Christmas tree after the season is over?
For the first time in more than 20 years, a Minnesota tree is on its way to Washington D.C. as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The 88-foot white spruce stopped at Garlough Environmental Magnet School in West St. Paul Thursday. Students had a chance to see the tree and write a note on the side of the truck. “We don’t have many windows on the side of the truck,” said Mike Theune, project lead for the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. “If we have too many it creates a greenhouse effect.”
For the first time in 20 years, Minnesota is providing the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. And Jim Scheff, who is the state’s top logger, will do the honors. Sen. Amy Klobuchar told WCCO Radio’s Dave Lee that it is a bright spot during a difficult time of year.
This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is coming from north central Minnesota. The 2,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C., begins Wednesday when the 88-foot tall white spruce is cut down in the Chippewa National Forest.
A white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest that’s been designated as the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will make its first public appearance at Itasca State Park next weekend.
Staff from the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Office of the USDA Forest Service visited northern Minn. in late July to survey trees fit for Christmas in the nation’s capitol. According to officials, crews searched the Chippewa National Forest near Cass Lake, Minn. They settled upon two trees out of the millions in the protected area, one of which is a backup.
Get out of the house after a long winter and enjoy the natural beauty of Minnesota’s parks, prairies, forests and rivers.