The tree is protected with plywood and a plastic tarp/banner. The spruce will consume over 30 gallons of water a day!
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus arrived with Smokey in a horse-drawn carriage to join the celebrations at the Grand Junction Cabela's Store.
Meeker District Ranger Ken Coffin, presented Grand Junction Mayor Bill Pitts a gift basket
of Colorado "goodies." The Mayor proclaimed Thursday, November 8th as "Capitol Christmas Tree Day" in Grand Junction.
Smokey poses with the Mack Trucking Company mascot - a partner with "Choose Outdoors"
funding the transport of the tree to our Nation's Capitol.
In Grand Junction, Forest Service employees help the young ones decorate "tree cookies" (thin slices of aspen and pine trees). Children could take these home to put on their own Christmas tree.
In Montrose, the Ouray District Staff also hosted a "tree cookie" decorating booth with a colorful selection of glitter,
paint and Christmas stickers!
In August, these Forest Service employees set up a booth at the Montrose Youth Appreciation Day to encourage kids to make ornaments that would eventually decorate the Capitol Christmas Tree and the campanion trees in Washington, D.C.
Thanks to all of you for showing "how Coloradoan's celebrate the great outdoors!"
COLORADO HAND-MADE ORMAMENTS FOR THE CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE
Students from area schools decorated over 5,000 ornaments for the "People's Tree"
The fourth grade class at Pomona Elementary School in Montrose decorated their symbols of "Celebrating Our Great Outdoors".... backpacks, hiking shoes, river rafts and teepees.
Students at Johnson Elementary School in Montrose enjoyed sharing their vision of the Christmas spirit with the nation and made several hand made ornaments for the Capitol Christmas Tree depicting the outdoor activities they and their teachers experience and see every day.
In 2010 - US Forest Service Capitol Christmas Tree coordinator explains just how such a
magnificent tree is cut, positioned and transported to the Capitol. In 2010 the tree came
from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming