Husqvarna Helps Launch Capitol Holiday Tree on Cross-Country Journey

The 80-foot Engelmann spruce destined to be the official holiday tree for Capitol Hill began its cross-country journey this week with help from Husqvarna. The company donated the chain saw and safety equipment used to fell the tree in the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico.

The 2005 Capitol Holiday Tree will decorate the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., throughout the holiday season. The tree will tour several local communities before beginning its 2,000-mile trip east on a customized flat-bed semi truck.

To assist in the cutting ceremony, Husqvarna provided a 395XP professional grade chain saw with a 32-inch bar, as well as critical safety gear including helmets, gloves, and chaps for the professionals felling the tree.

Decorated with thousands of handmade ornaments from New Mexico residents and schoolchildren as well as 10,000 lights, the tree will be erected on the west front lawn of the Capitol facing the Washington Monument. The tree is scheduled to be lighted during a special ceremony on December 8.

This is New Mexico’s second opportunity to supply the nation’s Capitol Holiday Tree, the first being in 1991 with a Blue Spruce from the Carson National Forest. The custom of placing a holiday tree on the front lawn of the Capitol dates back to 1964 and for the past 35 years the tree has been selected from a national forest.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Husqvarna has served as an official sponsor of the Capitol Holiday Tree.

“At Husqvarna, we are proud to continue our affiliation with the Capitol Holiday Tree program,” said David Zerfoss, president of Husqvarna. “The tree is a national symbol that everyone can enjoy as it welcomes in a joyous time of year.”

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