Saturday, November 2, 2013

PHOTOS: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Cutting

Posted By on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 at 10:05 AM

On Friday, Nov. 1, the U.S. Forest service cut an 88-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Colville National Forest, near Usk, Wash., to serve as this year's U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. A few hundred people attended to see the beginning of a journey the tree, which is the first from Eastern Washington, will take through 11 states before being lit in Washington D.C. on Dec. 4. 

click to enlarge The U.S. Forest Service's Jim Beckwith sets up crane rigging. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The U.S. Forest Service's Jim Beckwith sets up crane rigging.

click to enlarge U.S. Forest Service employees Alex Jess, center, and Michael Rude hand Jim Beckwith a saw. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • U.S. Forest Service employees Alex Jess, center, and Michael Rude hand Jim Beckwith a saw.

click to enlarge Smokey the Bear, left, hangs out with (left to right) U.S. Forest Service employee Gayne Sears, Chelsea Earls, her 8-year-old daughter Olivia and 5-year-old son Oliver. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Smokey the Bear, left, hangs out with (left to right) U.S. Forest Service employee Gayne Sears, Chelsea Earls, her 8-year-old daughter Olivia and 5-year-old son Oliver.

click to enlarge Four-year-old Maggie McClure, left, and her brother Connor, 7, eat cookies and drink hot chocolate, as their mother Erin watches. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Four-year-old Maggie McClure, left, and her brother Connor, 7, eat cookies and drink hot chocolate, as their mother Erin watches.

click to enlarge Goff Daily holds his 9-month-old son Sean. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Goff Daily holds his 9-month-old son Sean.

click to enlarge Margaret Schmidt, right, shows her husband Dennis a photo. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Margaret Schmidt, right, shows her husband Dennis a photo.

click to enlarge Kalispel Tribe Cultural Program Assistant Director J.R. Bluff keeps a drum warm. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Kalispel Tribe Cultural Program Assistant Director J.R. Bluff keeps a drum warm.

click to enlarge Brian Montgomery pours hot water for hot chocolate. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Brian Montgomery pours hot water for hot chocolate.

click to enlarge Sonia Wirth, left, holding her 20-month-old daughter Sadie, and Stephanie Wirth wait for the tree to be cut. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Sonia Wirth, left, holding her 20-month-old daughter Sadie, and Stephanie Wirth wait for the tree to be cut.

click to enlarge Nine-year-old Ian Hicks throws a log on a fire. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Nine-year-old Ian Hicks throws a log on a fire.

click to enlarge U.S. Forest Service employee Ben Curtis, center, reviews some procedures before the tree is cut. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • U.S. Forest Service employee Ben Curtis, center, reviews some procedures before the tree is cut.

click to enlarge Riley Sampson, 6, hugs Woodsy Owl. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Riley Sampson, 6, hugs Woodsy Owl.

click to enlarge Kalispel Tribe Cultural Program Director Francis Cullooyah speaks before the tree destined to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Kalispel Tribe Cultural Program Director Francis Cullooyah speaks before the tree destined to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

click to enlarge Members of the Kalispel Tribe perform a flag song and an honor song. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Members of the Kalispel Tribe perform a flag song and an honor song.

click to enlarge U.S. Forest Service employee John Wirth cuts the 88-foot Engelmann Spruce. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • U.S. Forest Service employee John Wirth cuts the 88-foot Engelmann Spruce.

click to enlarge Members of the media and the general public watch an 88-foot Engelmann Spruce, destined to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, as it's cut. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Members of the media and the general public watch an 88-foot Engelmann Spruce, destined to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, as it's cut.

click to enlarge Debbie Lutz, left, and her husband Bob photograph and film during the cutting of an 88-foot Engelmann Spruce, destined to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Debbie Lutz, left, and her husband Bob photograph and film during the cutting of an 88-foot Engelmann Spruce, destined to be the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

click to enlarge The tree is lifted by a crane. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The tree is lifted by a crane.

click to enlarge The 88-foot Engelmann Spruce is lifted by a crane. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • The 88-foot Engelmann Spruce is lifted by a crane.

click to enlarge U.S. Forest Service employee John Wirth cuts the bottom off the tree. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • U.S. Forest Service employee John Wirth cuts the bottom off the tree.

click to enlarge U.S. Forest Service employee Cally Davidson, left, and Pend Oreille County Public Works employee Bernie Nelson place a bag on the base of the tree. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • U.S. Forest Service employee Cally Davidson, left, and Pend Oreille County Public Works employee Bernie Nelson place a bag on the base of the tree.

click to enlarge Workers guide the tree onto a truck. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Workers guide the tree onto a truck.

click to enlarge Workers guide the 88-foot Engelmann Spruce onto a truck. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Workers guide the 88-foot Engelmann Spruce onto a truck.

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