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Capitol Christmas Tree tour makes Dillon stop

The Capitol Christmas Tree is coming to Dillon.

Outdoor recreation, forest restoration in the spotlight

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — Along with all the election hoopla, Summit County will have a chance to get their first taste of the upcoming holiday season, as the Capitol Christmas Tree makes a two-hour stop in Dillon (Buffalo Street; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

The 75-foot spruce was cut last weekend from the White River National Forest near Meeker and will make an extensive loop through the U.S. before reaching its traditional holiday spot in Washington, D.C. around Thanksgiving.

To track the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, visit www.CapitolChristmasTree2012.com. You can also follow the tree on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CapitolChristmasTree2012, Twitter: www.twitter.com/CapitolTree2012 and Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/capitoltree2012/. Continue reading

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2012 national Christmas tree to make stop in Dillon

The 1981 national Christmas tree.

National tour to promote forest conservation and outdoor recreation

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —After being harvested from the White River National Forest in early November, this year’s national Christmas tree will tour the country, with 30 stops scheduled to promote forest conservation and outdoor recreation.

The tour includes several stops in Colorado, including Dillon, sometime in early November.

“The Capitol Christmas Tree provides the chance to celebrate the conservation legacy of our national forests, the outdoor recreation opportunities they provide, and the importance of stewardship and restoration of our nation’s forests,” said White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.

The tree will be harvested on the Blanco Ranger District near Meeker, then wrapped and transported on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck driven by former U.S. Senator, Ben Nighthorse Campbell. The tour will cover more than 3,000 miles in 23 days, with numerous stops in Colorado, as well as a half-dozen other states. Continue reading

Colorado: Ready, set … paint!

Forest Service promotes the arts and the national Christmas tree with Aug. 18 event in Aspen

Colorado landscape painters have the chance to compete for cash prizes this weekend in Aspen.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — For Colorado landscape painters, there’s not much that’s more pleasant than a day spent in fresh air, rendering a stunning Rocky Mountain scene.

Add to that the potential to win a cash prize and to help publicize that this year’s national Christmas tree will come from Colorado, and you have the makings of a great event, with the White River National Forest sponsoring a day-long paint-out session at five scenic spots in the Aspen area.

The Aug. 18 art festival features a total of $4,000 in cash prizes and a chance to win a spot at the prestigious Denver Plein Air Arts Festival. Continue reading

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