This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will hail from the Greenbrier Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest.
Jim Kaufmann, Director of the Capitol Grounds for the Architect of the Capitol, selected the tree, a 63-foot tall Norway Spruce.
The Greenbrier Ranger District holds one of eight candidate trees that Kaufmann personally visited. He said the holiday season at the U.S. Capitol requires a special tree.
“Selecting a tree to adorn the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol comes with very specific requirements,” said Kaufmann. “Thanks to the pre-planning of Monongahela National Forest staff, we were able to select a very traditional and graceful Norway spruce to represent Monongahela National Forest and wild and wonderful West Virginia at the U.S. Capitol during the holidays this winter.”