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CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE IN SALMON 9-28-16 LMS

Cheri Ford, Salmon-Challis National Forest Deputy Forest Supervisor, along with Forest Service Public Affairs Officer and Capitol Christmas Tree coordinator Amy Baumer, announced to the Salmon City Council on September 28 that this year’s Capitol Christmas tree is coming from Idaho and will be including Salmon in its 2,000 mile trip east.

Baumer said the tree is Idaho’s gift to the nation. She said the tree will arrive in Salmon on Saturday, November 12th. There will be a two hour event from 2:30 to 4:30 PM in honor of the tree and Idaho’s contribution. Baumer said the visit here will be all about the local celebration which is now being planned.

Baumer said the 80 foot tall Engelmann Spruce tree is coming from the Payette National Forest and measures 25 feet across its base. The giant will be carried on a 90 foot long trailer. Included in the entourage headed east will be from eight to 10,000 ornaments crafted by Idaho residents and around 80 companion trees also destined for display in Capitol office buildings.

Mayor Leo Marshall remembered this is the second time Salmon has welcomed an Idaho grown tree headed for the US Capitol’s west front lawn.

It was on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2003 that the first visiting US Capitol Tree arrived in Salmon. It was welcomed with a parade of floats, school children, marching veterans and TV coverage. Stan Davis was City of Salmon Mayor at that time and referring to Salmon he was quoted as saying, “We are what America used to be.”

The Capitol Christmas Tree officially became a yearly tradition in 1964. The first official tree, a Douglas Fir, was obtained from a Pennsylvania nursery and lived until 1967 when a wind storm fatally damaged its root system. The US Forest Service has provided the trees since 1970.

Ford said a parade is in the plans for this visit. She invited the city to participate and share ideas for the local celebration.


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