Here’s some great news I couldn’t wait to share with you all this holiday season …
It’s been reported in the November 2 issue of the National Association of State Foresters’ Weekly Report that Choose Outdoors, a nonprofit organization, has pledged to raise $25,000 for wildfire cleanup efforts in Colorado, and they will do so by using the annual tour of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree!
The tree is a 73-foot Engelman Spruce that has been loaded up on a flatbed truck and is en route from Meeker, Colorado to the Capitol as we speak. The tree will be delivered on November 26 and will be on display through the New Year. Choose Outdoors partnered with the US Forest Service for the delivery.
Before the tree was harvested in Meeker, it was honored by members of the Ute nation. According to Pike and San Isabel National Forests Supervisor Jerri Marr, "We are thrilled that a Colorado forest is providing a gift to the nation and hope that it will assist in educating the country about forest health and restoration."
So, on December 4th when the tree is lit, take a moment to reflect upon those who have suffered losses this year but also take some time to think about what we all can do to make our homes and communities safer in the event of a wildfire. NFPA’s Firewise Communities Program and Fire Adapted Communities initiative have many resources, checklists, tips and additional information you can refer to, to help you get started.
And don’t forget ... check out the US Forest Services’ videos about this famous Christmas tree. You can also find a great video on You Tube that tells the story of how the Capitol Christmas tree was chosen.