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USFS staffers, others say trip to capital with tree was 'amazing'


December 12, 2018

CHUCK LEAVELL (at the podium), keyboardist for the Allman Brothers Band and Rolling Stones, presents an award of excellence to members of the Willamette National Forest team who transported the Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C. Sweet Home District Ranger Nikki Swanson, standing next to Choose Outdoors President Bruce Ward, holds the award. Choose Outdoors is the nonprofit partner that led the project. FOR MORE PHOTOS, SEE OUR PHOTO GALLERY: S

Following a local parade and festival celebrating the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, the 82-foot noble fir from the Sweet Home Ranger District set off cross country to Washington, D.C., for an official lighting ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 6, on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

The tree traveled a grand total of 3,618.86 miles, following the route of the Oregon Trail in reverse, stopping at some 25 locations along the way, including several in Oregon. It traveled through Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland before reaching Washingto...

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