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How it Began

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or "The People’s Tree," began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.

In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide "The People’s Tree." This national forest also works with state forests to provide companion trees that are smaller Christmas trees for offices in Washington, D.C.s

Payette National Forest
Payette National Forest, provider of the 2016 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
Year Tree Source
1964Douglas Fir (live)Buddies Nurseries, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
1965Douglas Fir (live)Buddies Nurseries, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
1966Douglas Fir (live)Buddies Nurseries, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
1967Douglas Fir (live) Buddies Nurseries, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
1968White Pine (parts) Finxburg, Maryland
1969White Pine (parts) Westminister, Maryland
1970Norway Spruce Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
1971Black Spruce White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
1972Balsam Fir Tennessee National Forest, Pennsylvania
1973White Spruce Allegheny National Forest, Pennsylvania
1974Fraser Fir Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
1975Balsam Fir Ottawa National Forest, Michigan
1976Red Spruce Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia
1977White Spruce Nemadji State Forest, Minnesota
1978Norway Spruce Savage River State Forest, Maryland
1979White Spruce Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin
1980White Spruce Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
1981White Spruce Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan
1982Balsam Fir Riley Bostwich Wildlife Management Area, Vermont
1983White Spruce Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin
1984White Spruce Superior National Forest, Minnesota
1985White SpruceOttawa National Forest, Michigan
1986Shasta Red Fir Klamath National Forest, California
1987Norway Spruce Wayne-Hoosier National Forest, Ohio
1988Balsam Fir Manistee National Forest, Michigan
1989Engelmann Spruce Kootenai National Forest, Montana
1990Engelmann Spruce Routt National Forest, Colorado
1991Blue Spruce (live) Carson National Forest, New Mexico
1992White Spruce Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota
1993White Fir San Bernardino National Forest, California
1994Balsam Fir Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
1995Douglas Fir Plumas National Forest, California
1996Engelmann Spruce Manti-LaSal National Forest, Utah
1997Black Hills Spruce Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota
1998Fraser Fir Pisgah National Forest, North Carolina
1999White Spruce Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin
2000Colorado Blue Spruce Pike National Forest, Colorado
2001White Spruce Ottawa National Forest, Michigan
2002Douglas Fir Umpqua National Forest, Oregon
2003Engelmann Spruce Boise Nationl Forest, Idaho
2004Red Spruce Washington & Jefferson National Forest, Virginia
2005Engelmann Spruce Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico
2006Pacific Silver Fir Olympic National Forest, Washington
2007Balsam Fir Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
2008Subalpine Fir Bitterroot National Forest, Montana
2009Blue Spruce Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona
2010Engelmann Spruce Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming
2011Sierra White Fir Stanislaus National Forest, California
2012Engelmann Spruce White River National Forest, Colorado
2013Engelmann Spruce Colville National Forest, Washington
2014White Spruce Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota
2015Lutz Spruce Chugach National Forest, Alaska
2016Engelmann Spruce Payette National Forest, Idaho
2017TBDKootenai National Forest, Montana

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