NEWPORT, Wash.—The Capitol Christmas Tree is almost ready for its long journey to Washington D.C.
Hundreds gathered in Newport Friday to see the six-story tree after it was cut down from the Colville National Forest.
Forestry crews worked hard on Saturday to package the tree up for its journey. The tree will stop in 22 cities while it travels across the country. Crews at a maintenance shop in Pend Oreille County helped pack the tree for the 4,000 mile journey.
"This tree is quite special, extremely special,” said forestry technician Cally Davidson.
The crews spent the day tucking back branches of the tree. The 88-foot tree was loaded on top of a flat bed truck and carefully tied down.
One woman has worked in the Colville National Forest for more than 30 years. She said she even got to help pick it out.
"Really special because I've known it for so long,” said Newport ranger Olivia Giannasi.
Being a part of the process is special for many of the forest rangers. A piece of their home will be on display for the Nation to see.
“See the moments on the tree and knowing I participated in a lot of the pine cones, it's going to be a moment I'll always remember,” said Giannasi.
Giannasi plans on being in Washington D.C. for the Christmas lighting ceremony.
"That's our tree, it came from here and everyone came together to get it up there. That will be cool,” said Giannasi.
The tree will make a stop in Spokane on November 5. It will arrive in Washington D.C. a few days before Thanksgiving.