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/.
The Dillon stop coincides with the town’s first annual hibernation hoedown, featuring hay rides, hot apple cider and live music, starting with Arnie J. Green at 10:30 a.m.
The tree is Colorado’s symbolic gift to the nation and the promotional tour this year will also help raise funds for forest restoration projects on public lands and fire-scarred areas in Colorado.
“We’re working with city officials and volunteers across the country to make the 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour an unforgettable experience for giving back and celebrating the holiday season,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors, the nonprofit partner for this year’s Christmas Tree tour.
Mark Udall, Colorado’s senior senator, will lead the official lighting of the tree at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 4.
“I’m thrilled that Colorado’s White River National Forest was selected to gift a tree from Colorado to the nation. Our state’s open spaces, outdoor recreation and tourism industry are key parts of what makes Colorado such a special place to live and work. This tree will be a symbol of what makes Colorado a great state,” Udall said. “It also is a visible reminder of the challenges facing our forests – from a widespread beetle epidemic to the most severe wildfire season in recent memory – and the work we have ahead of us to ensure their health.”
The tree will be delivered to the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 26 and decorated with 5,000 homemade ornaments from Coloradans before its lighting in December.
November 7 – Dillon – Glenwood Springs
November 8 – Grand Junction – Montrose
November 9 – Cortez – Durango
November 10 – Pagosa – Alamosa
November 11 – Colorado Springs – Denver
November 12 – Greeley – LaJunta
November 13 – Albuquerque, NM
November 14 – Amarillo, TX
November 15 – Dallas, TX
November 16 – Oklahoma City, OK
November 17 – Independence (Kansas City), MO
November 18 – St. Louis, MO
November 19 – Nashville, TN
November 20 – Atlanta, GA
November 21 – Asheville, NC
November 22 – Concord, NC
November 23 – Staunton, VA
November 24 – Allentown, PA – Milford, PA
November 25 – Andrews AFB
November 26 – U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C.