The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree made a stop at the Forest Products Laboratory this week on its way from Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest to its final destination on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Visitors were treated to a glimpse of the 88-year-old, 88-foot-long white spruce and signed the banners enclosing the tree. In conjunction with the tree visit, FPL held an open house providing the public the opportunity to take a look inside our world-class research facility and talk with researchers about their work.
“It was an honor to be chosen to play host to such an iconic event,” said Michael T. Rains, Director of the Northern Research Station and Forest Products Laboratory. “And it was a real bonus to host the public and show them some of the important research we are conducting at the lab.”
This short video clip compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shows just how big the truck really is. At 103-feet long, it takes special permits, special escorts, and a very special driver to make this trip happen!
This is the 50th anniversary of a “People’s Tree” adorning the Capitol lawn. By making more than 30 stops while en route to Washington, D.C., the tree provides an opportunity for local communities to celebrate the healthy forests that connect us all and the spirit of the season. The theme for this year’s tree is “bringing a piece of the forest to the people.”