In keeping with tradition, the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, harvested from the Willamette National Forest’s Sweet Home Ranger District, was lit by the Speaker of the House (with help from Oregon 4th grader Bridgette Harrington) Dec. 6.
“This tree traveled 3,000 miles from Oregon, involving many different people of all ages and all walks of life, with events in many different communities, with celebrations along the way,” Vicki Christiansen, chief of the USDA Forest Service, said.
“Indeed, the entire journey, from the selection of the tree to its arrival in Washington DC reminds us of what we can accomplish if we unite for a common purpose. If we work together to sustain our nation’s forests, we can produce trees like this for generations to come.”
Below is roundup of media coverage as the tree completed it’s journey from Sweet Home, Ore. to Washington D.C., and the tree-lighting event.
- From Oregon to D.C.: The ‘People’s Tree’ arrives at the U.S. Capitol for Christmas
- Video: Capitol Christmas Tree arrives
- Meet the 9-year-old girl who helped Paul Ryan light the Capitol Christmas Tree
- Video: Lights Shine on Capitol Christmas Tree
- After 3,000-mile journey, Capitol Tree is lighted
- Editorial: Capitol tree does mid-valley proud
- Watch a replay: Oregon Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at U.S. Capitol
The Oregonian / OregonLive:
- Guest opinion: Thinking of my home, our state, my Oregon