For some residents in Northwest Montana, the Christmas season has already begun!
This year, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was cut down from the Kootenai National Forest.
A fourth generation Montanan, Pete Tallmadge, had the honor of cutting down the tree, a 79 foot tall Engelmann Spruce in the Three Rivers Ranger District.
“I’m honored, privileged and a little anxious about the event, but mostly happy that my kids and grandkids will be able to remember that I was a sawyer and that they have a strong family history of working in the timber industry in northwest Montana,” Tallmadge said in a release.
The tree will go on a tour around Montana, starting in Eureka on Monday, though residents of Libby did apparently get a sneak preview before their official viewing on Tuesday as the tree made its way through town Thursday.
Last year, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was harvested near McCall, Idaho and made a stop in Coeur d’Alene.