WASHINGTON D.C. (KDVR) — A tree from the Ouray Ranger District in the Uncompahgre National Forest has arrived at the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in Washington D.C., Senator Michael Bennet announced on Wednesday.
A livestream of the lighting ceremony can be seen on Wednesday at 3 p.m., Mountain Time.
“Congratulations to Colorado’s Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, & Gunnison National Forests for providing a spectacular Engelmann spruce. On behalf of Colorado, it is our honor to share a piece of our beautiful state with the country,” Sen. Bennet said in a press release.
“After Colorado’s most devastating wildfire season on record, it also serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting our public lands and the communities that rely on them.”
The tree, an Engelmann Spruce, is 55 feet tall and 25 feet wide.
Instead of visiting trees in person, videos, photos and measurements of trees were submitted for consideration. The Colorado tree beat 9 other candidates.