Husqvarna starts holiday tree on journey to Capitol Hill

The official holiday tree for Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., has started its journey with help from Husqvarna. The company donated the chain saws used to fell the tree in the Umpqua National Forest near Roseburg, Ore.

The 70-foot Douglas fir, which will adorn Capitol Hill throughout this year’s holiday season, will be carried cross-country via truck for the next couple of weeks. The trip will culminate with an official tree lighting ceremony on December 12.

Husqvarna provided its 385XPW and 372XPW model chain saws for the tree cutting ceremony as well as head-to-toe safety gear for the professional performing the tree felling.

The custom of placing a holiday tree on the front lawn of the Capitol dates back to 1964. Since 1970, the tree has come from a national forest, and this is the first tree from Oregon to be chosen.

In July 2002, Matthew Evans, the landscape architect for the Capitol, chose a 70-foot Douglas fir in the Umpqua National Forest Diamond Lake District. The tree was selected for its perfect shape, uniform branching, and full-bodied green foliage.

The tree will be erected on the west front lawn of the Capitol facing the Washington Monument, and will be decorated with 6,000 handmade ornaments from Oregon residents as well as 10,000 lights. The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives will light the tree on December 12 during a special televised ceremony.

“The Capitol Holiday Tree is a wonderful symbol of a festive, joyous time for our nation,” said David Zerfoss, president of Husqvarna. “We are pleased to provide our support to this outstanding program.”

For more information on the 2002 Capitol Holiday Tree, visit the Holiday Tree Web site at or contact Umpqua National Forest at (541) 957-3227.

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