U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to be cut in Carson National Forest

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 10/3/19

The Carson National Forest was selected to provide the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree which will sit on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holidays.

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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to be cut in Carson National Forest

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The Carson National Forest has been selected to provide the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree, which will sit on the west lawn of the United States Capitol for the holidays.

The tree – whose species has not yet been chosen – will be selected out of the wilderness of Northern New Mexico. From there, it will take a cross-country tour to Washington, D.C. Along the way, the tree will be part of a variety of festivals and ceremonies in Taos County and more than 25 other communities throughout the country to celebrate New Mexico’s contribution to the holiday season.

The Carson National Forest has worked with the New Mexico Tourism Department and the nonprofit organization Choose Outdoors to help transport the tree and organize the festivities. Youth and artists in Taos County have already spent time creating ornaments that will adorn the tree once it arrives at the U.S. Capitol. 

This is the second Capitol Christmas Tree to come from the Carson National Forest and the third from New Mexico since the program began in 1964, when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed the first live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. In 1970, the U.S. Forest Service was asked to continue the tradition by providing a tree from a different national forest each year.

The first Capitol Christmas Tree to come from New Mexico was a blue spruce that was cut from the Carson in 1991. In 2005, an Engelmann spruce was taken from Santa Fe National Forest.

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