Steve Shadley, Capital Public Radio
The White Fir stands 55 feet tall and it was harvested near Placerville.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Sacramento.
California’s official holiday tree is now on display outside the State Capitol...
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Workers trimmed some branches to get the tree to fit in its stand today (Tuesday). It’s a White Fir and reaches 55 feet tall.
William Strike is the grounds manager at the Capitol. He says the tree was harvested from a public forest near Placerville...
Strike: “We’ve been getting them there for quite a few years now and it just happens to be an area where they planted this type of species 40 years ago and they’re all of the age and the size that we need. And, so we just go up and selectively try to pick the best one we can for the season...”
Governor Schwarzenegger will light the tree at a ceremony on December Tenth.
It’ll be taken down the second week of January and recycled into mulch for landscaping at the Capitol.