RED RIVER — Forest officials in New Mexico are ready to harvest a towering blue spruce that will serve as this year’s Christmas tree in front of the U.S. Capitol.

After nearly a year of planning, the tree will be cut down Nov. 6 during a ceremony in the Carson National Forest. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and forest officials will be there when the 60-foot tree comes down.

Once cut, the tree will be lifted by cranes onto a trailer and secured for the first leg of its journey, which will include a statewide tour before being transported to Washington.

Officials said the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree cutting and celebrations are made possible with cash and in-kind contributions from numerous companies and volunteers who provide their time and resources.

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Ann Maes

I will not tell anyone that the tree is from NM. It’s an embarrassment - especially to the tree! What kind of trees grow in swamps??

rick poland

What a tragedy to sacrifice a beautiful tree for the current occupant of the White House.

Roxanne Barber

If it’s any consolation, the tree will be in front of the capitol, not the White House.

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