U.S. Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony December 2nd


Celebrating 50 years of the People's Tree


(Minneapolis, MN) - Tune in on Tuesday December 2nd to watch the 2014 U.S. Capitol tree lighting ceremony! The lighting ceremony will be broadcasted on C-Span. Speaker of the House, John Boehner, will light the tree. Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers will serve as master of ceremonies. The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Choose Outdoors, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, along with help from supporters including Dovetail Partners, played an integral role in bringing this special gift from the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota to Washington, D.C. The tree began its journey on October 29th and made more than 30 stops on its way across the country before arriving at the White House's West Lawn on November 21st.


For the past 50 years a beautiful tree has appeared on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. during the holiday season. The tradition of displaying a People's Tree at the White House began in 1964, including a tree-lighting ceremony. The U.S. Forest Service has provided the tree each year since 1970 from one of our country's National Forests. This year marks the fourth time that the People's Tree has come from Minnesota.


"Dovetail is honored to support this year's People's Tree provided by the Chippewa National Forest in northern Minnesota, and the companion trees provided by the Minnesota Christmas Tree Association," states Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners' Executive Director. "The tour has provided an opportunity to celebrate the season while highlighting the environmental, social and economic benefits that sustainably managed forestlands offer."


Over 10,000 ornaments created by Minnesotan school children, parents and teachers will be hung on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as well as on the 70+ other trees that will be placed inside the U.S. Capitol building, United States Department of Agriculture building and other sites throughout Washington D.C.


Costs associated with the tree's transportation and special events, including the lighting ceremony, are made possible by contributions from individuals, corporations and local communities, including major supporters Lifetouch Photography and Kenworth Truck Company.


The lighting ceremony will take place on December 2nd at 5 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This event is free and open to the public.


The tree will be lit from nightfall until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2015.


For Capitol Christmas Tree photos and updates visit: www.capitolchristmastree.com, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram



About Chippewa National Forest
The Chippewa National Forest is the first national forest established west of the Mississippi River, with nearly 1.6 million acres at the River's headwaters in north-central Minnesota. The Forest shares boundaries with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and contains outstanding cultural resources; premier habitat for aquatic, riparian and terrestrial wildlife and plants, including nesting habitat for the largest breeding population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states; and vast wetland resources.


About the U.S. Forest Service
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land; provides assistance to state and private landowners; and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.


About Choose Outdoors

Choose Outdoors is a coalition for outdoor recreation comprised of people and organizations who are passionate about outdoor recreation, support public lands, waters, and the agencies charged with their care.