This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Northern New Mexico’s Carson National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday.

The tree, which will be cut from the Questa Ranger District, will be displayed on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., with a public tree-lighting ceremony in early December.

Seventy smaller companion trees also will be sent to the nation’s capital to decorate government buildings and public spaces, the announcement said.

Every year since 1970, the Forest Service has provided the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Two previous trees were from New Mexico — an Engelmann spruce from the Santa Fe National Forest in 2005 and a blue spruce from Carson National Forest in 1991.

“Communities throughout New Mexico will be encouraged to share the experience of selecting, caring for, decorating and transporting this gift to the nation,” the statement said. The first event is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the Taos Youth and Family Center.

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