Mandy Villwock takes tree health very seriously – so seriously in fact, that she will ensure the health of this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes the 4,000 mile journey via land and sea from Seward, Alaska to Washington, D.C.
Every year since 1970, the U.S. Forest Service has chosen a different national forest to contribute a tree. For the first time ever, Alaska will contribute the tree that will sit on the west lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. An 80-foot truck – fueled with Shell diesel – is transporting the tree across the country to our nation’s capital this fall. Shell is proud to sponsor this year's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree celebration.
About 15 community celebrations are planned throughout the journey, culminating with the official tree lighting on Dec. 2.
Silviculturist tapped to select candidate trees
After the Forest Service chose the Chugach National Forest as the tree’s location for 2015, a district ranger asked Villwock to select potential candidates for this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
Of the 154 national forests in the United States, the Chugach is both the northernmost and westernmost. It’s also the second largest national forest in the system at over 5 million acres.