STIHL Inc. presented a STIHL MS 500i chain saw with all needed accessories to the nonprofit Thunder Mountain Wheelers ATV Club (TMW) who felled the 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Left to right: Mike LeMaster, TMW Project Coordinator; STIHL Rep Tyler Windsor; Dave Hanson, TMW Trail Coordinator; Marilyn Liebetrau, TMW President; and Lloyd Liebetrau, TMW.

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Stihl Sponsors Capitol Christmas Tree

Each year a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season, and this year, under the theme, Experience Your Nature, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors and Colorado Tourism, will bring this special gift from Colorado to Washington, D.C. for the 2020 holiday season. Stihl is proud to sponsor the 56th anniversary of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

With the support and expertise of Stihl and U.S. Forest Service sawyers, the 55 ft. Engelmann Spruce was harvested in the Uncompahgre National Forest on Nov. 6 and prepared for the nearly 2,000-mile expedition. The journey of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as the “People’s Tree,” included a series of 10 outdoor community celebrations primarily within the state of Colorado and was delivered to the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 20. The tree was decorated with handmade ornaments specially created by Coloradans and lit on the West Lawn in early December.

This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be included in a special episode of Chuck Leavell’s “America’s Forests” that captures the breadth of our nation’s woodlands. The series features different stories that demonstrate how important forest habitats are to the well-being and economic health of communities across the country. Viewers can watch the special episode online at americasforestswithchuckleavell.com.

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