A tree growing somewhere in the Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest will later this year be chopped down, trucked across the country and erected as the Capitol Christmas Tree on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
The Carson was selected to provide not only the show-stopping tree for the Capitol, but 70 smaller trees that will decorate various government buildings and public spaces around the district.
Though the tree from the Carson is for a holiday season that's nearly a year away, the work of finding it and making 10,000 homemade ornaments starts now, said public affairs officer Denise Ottaviano.
The forest will work with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts later in the year to identify the silviculture specimen that will become the Capitol Christmas Tree.
"I am so proud and excited that New Mexico has been chosen as the origin of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree," said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham in a Feb. 15 press release.
"New Mexico's public lands are treasured all across the state, and it is an incredible honor for all New Mexicans to have our beautiful landscapes represented to the nation with a tree from the Carson National Forest," said the governor.
Since 1970, the Forest Service has provided the "People's Tree" for the Capitol. The 2019 tree will be the fourth from the Southwest region and the second from the Carson National Forest.