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Oregon noble fir cut down for US Capitol Christmas tree


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Workers have cut down a tree in western Oregon to be the 2018 Capitol Christmas tree.

The Statesman Journal reports that the 82-foot noble fir was cut down Friday in the Willamette National Forest.

The tree will be displayed on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. with a public tree-lighting ceremony in early December.

Officials say it’s the first time in the 47-year history of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Program that a noble fir has been selected.

The theme for the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree is “Find Your Trail!” in recognition of two 2018 anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, and the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail.

KMTR reports the tree will make a number of stops around Oregon before heading east, including one in Bend on Monday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin-Hixon Drive in the Old Mill District.

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