The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from western Colorado next year

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The official Christmas tree of the U.S. Capitol arrived on a flatbed truck Monday, completing a 5,000 mile, 21-day journey from a national forest in Colorado. The tree will be mounted on the West Front Lawn, with decorations crafted and donated by the people of Colorado. House Speaker John Boehner is expected to preside over […]

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.–  Next year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from western Colorado.

U.S. Forest Service officials said Monday a tree will be cut from Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre or Gunnison national forest to adorn the Capitol building’s West Lawn in 2020.

Spokeswoman Kim Phillips told The Daily Sentinel that a formal announcement will be made Friday, and she declined to provide further details.

Each year, a national forest is chosen to provide a tree for the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

This year’s tree is a 60-foot  blue spruce cut from the Carson National Forest outside of Taos, New Mexico.

The Capitol tree last came from western Colorado in 2012, a 73-foot  Engelmann spruce from the White River National Forest east of Meeker.

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