NEWPORT, Wash. – It starts deep in the Colville National Forest, about 22 miles northwest of Newport, Washington where an Englemann Spruce stood 88 feet high. It will be the Evergreen State’s gift to the U.S. Capitol this Christmas.
Following Friday’s 10 a.m. cutting ceremony, the tree will be lifted onto a truck and driven to downtown Newport. It is expected to arrive by 2:30 p.m. This will be the only chance for the public to view the tree before it is wrapped up for the rest of its journey to Washington, D.C.
"It's a pretty big honor, thank the Lord. It's been a great blessing to do this," said Adam Ackerman, Forest Service Tree Cutter.
On Tuesday, the tree makes the trip to Colville, where it will make a morning stop before heading south to Spokane. It will be on display in front of the Spokane Convention Center from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday.
The six-story tree will make 22 stops on its cross-country route. The trip will take 25 days. The tree will be equipped with a 30-40 gallon “bladder” of water to keep it hydrated. The tree remains on the 105-foot truck until it gets to the west lawn of the Capitol on Nov. 25.