Husqvarna Donates Chain Saws to Cut Capitol Holiday Tree

Husqvarna donated the chain saws used to fell the Capitol Holiday Tree during a cutting ceremony in the Boise National Forest.
The 2003 Capitol Holiday Tree, a 70-foot Engelmann Spruce, will decorate the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., during the holiday season. Before reaching Capitol Hill, the tree will travel to communities throughout Idaho and then make stops in eight additional communities along the approximately 2,500-mile trip. Once in Washington, the tree will be the centerpiece of an official lighting ceremony.

To assist in the cutting ceremony, Husqvarna provided two professional grade chain saws, the 385XP and 372XP, as well as head-to-toe safety gear for the professional felling the tree.

Selected to cut this year’s tree was Gerry Ikola of McCall, Idaho. His family owns and operates Ikola Logging, based in McCall, where he is a third generation logger and woodsman with more than 30 years of experience.

Decorated with nearly 6,000 handmade ornaments from Idaho residents and 10,000 twinkling lights, the tree will be erected on the west front lawn of the Capitol facing the Washington Monument. During a special televised ceremony, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives will light the tree on December 11.

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