Release Date: Sep 9, 2014

“People’s Tree to visit nearly 30 communities between Minnesota and Washington, DC”

CASS LAKE, Minnesota (Sept. 9, 2014) – For the past 50 years, a beautiful tree has appeared on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the holiday season. The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Choose Outdoors and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, will bring this special gift from Minnesota to Washington, D.C. for the 2014 season, involving nearly 30 communities along the way.


“This annual tradition provides the opportunity for communities to celebrate the spirit of the season and the forests that connect us all,” said Darla Lenz, Forest Supervisor of the Chippewa National Forest. It is truly an honor that the Chippewa National Forest was selected to provide this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and we are extremely proud to share a tree that represents Minnesota’s natural resources.


With great fanfare, the tree – a whopping 80-foot plus white spruce– will leave the Chippewa National Forest followed by a caravan of caretakers for the journey to the U.S. Capitol.


“From Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest all the way to Washington D.C., the 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree will showcase our state’s natural beauty in communities across the country,” Senator Klobuchar said.


The tree will be cut during a public ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 29 and will then be moved to Bemidji State University, where it will be prepared for the nearly 2,000-mile cross-country expedition.


70 companion trees will be provided by the Minnesota Tree Growers Association to decorate the inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C., along with 10,000 ornaments created by children and others in Minnesota as a gift from the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”


The tree lighting is expected to occur in early December, as determined by the U. S. Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, and will be broadcast on C-SPAN.

For news, updates, tour information and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com.


2014 Capitol Christmas Tree Route Stops:

·         Itasca State Park, MN (Nov. 2)

·         Bemidji, MN (Nov. 2)

·         Walker, MN (Nov. 3)

·         Cass Lake, MN ( Nov. 3)

·         Blackduck, MN (Nov. 4)

·         Marcell, MN  (Nov. 4)

·         Deer River, MN ( Nov. 4)

·         Cohasset, MN (Nov 4)

·         Grand Rapids, MN ( Nov. 5)

·         Duluth, MN (Nov. 5)

·         West Saint Paul, MN (Nov. 6)

·         Eden Prairie, MN (Nov 6)

·         Rochester, MN (Nov. 7)

·         Red Wing, MN (Nov. 7)

·         Owatonna, MN (Nov. 8)

·         Fort Snelling, MN ( Nov. 8)

·         Madison, WI (Nov. 10)

·         Milwaukee, WI (Nov. 11)

·         Wilmington, IL (Nov. 12)

·         Elwood, IL (Nov. 12)

·         Grand Rapids, MI (Nov. 13)

·         Dearborn, MI (Nov. 15)

·         Cleveland, OH (Nov. 16)

·         Chillicothe, OH (Nov 16)

·         Charleston, WV ( Nov. 17)

·         Marietta, OH (Nov. 18)

·         Wheeling, WV (Nov. 18)

·         Andrews Air Force Base, MD (Nov. 20)

*Dates are subject to change. Additional stops may be added.