U.S. Senator Mark Udall welcomed the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington Nov. 26, capping off the Colorado Engleman Spruce's journey from Rio Blanco County, throughout Colorado and across the nation. The tree, removed from the White River National Forest in early November, draws attention to the forest health issues that face Colorado and many regions of the West.
"Colorado is home to some of the most stunning forests our country has to offer. I am proud, as Colorado's senior senator, to welcome this tree to the U.S. Capitol," Udall said. "I hope my colleagues will see this tree not only as a symbol of why we need to cherish and protect our forests, but also as a reminder of the work that still has to be done to ensure our forests remain vibrant and verdant. Colorado is proud to offer this tree to the Capitol for all to enjoy."
During its tour of the country, the tree has been a symbol of the Colorado's open spaces and outdoor recreation. The tree is also a visible reminder of the most severe wildfire season Colorado has ever experienced. During the tour, one of the partners for the project, Choose Outdoors, raised funds to help restoration efforts for the High Park and Waldo Canyon fires.
In July, Udall led a hike through the White River National Forest to help select the tree. The tree will be decorated with 5,000 homemade ornaments from Coloradans. Udall, Colorado's senior senator, will lead the official lighting of the tree at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 4.blog comments powered by Disqus