Help Find the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

Lite Christmas tree on left with white House in background
The 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Willamette National Forest in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Taos, NM—April 30, 2019— Your help is needed to search the Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest for the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree will be displayed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a public tree-lighting ceremony in early December.

Be on the lookout for a fir or spruce tree species that is 70-85 feet in height and have a perfectly conical shape that is visually pleasing from all angles. The tree should have a straight stem, uniform branching, natural density and good rich color. It must reside on Forest Service land within the Questa Ranger District and be easily accessible, preferably close to a road that will allow for crane and semi-truck access.

Take a photo of the tree and record GPS coordinates or other information that will allow us to locate the tree. Email submissions by June 7, 2019 to capitolchristmastree2019@gmail.com with the subject line: CCT Candidate Tree Submission. Or, send the tree location information and your contact information to: Questa Ranger District, CCT Candidate Tree Submission, 184 State Highway 38, Questa, NM 87556.

Visitors should be aware that the west side of the Valle Vidal Unit (Taos County) in the Questa Ranger District will be closed from May 1 to June 30 for elk calving. You may travel on designated roads through the Valle Vidal but cannot hike or drive off of the roads in the closure area.

For more information about the Carson National Forest providing the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, visit capitolchristmastree.com. For questions about finding the perfect tree, contact Francisco Cortez at 575-758-6254 or Francisco.cortez@usda.gov.



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