GRAND JUNCTION – Next year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will come from Western Colorado.
U.S. Forest Service officials said Monday a tree would be cut from Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre or Gunnison national forest to adorn the U.S. Capitol building’s West Lawn in 2020.
Spokeswoman Kim Phillips told The Daily Sentinel that a formal announcement will be made Friday, and she declined to provide further details.
Each year, a national forest is chosen to provide a tree for the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
This year’s Capitol tree is a 60-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce cut from the Carson National Forest outside Taos, New Mexico.
The Capitol tree last came from Western Colorado in 2012, a 73-foot Engelmann spruce harvested from the White River National Forest east of Meeker.