Follow the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on the Story Map

There’s no better way to tell a story than with maps, Story Maps that is. As we enter the holiday season (WOW, where did that come from so fast!) you can use an interesting story map to follow the travels of the annual US Capitol Christmas Tree. This interesting story begins in the Kootenai National Forest along with some fine mapping of the area. Get a glimpse of the actual tree that was selected then see the travel route that it will take to get to D.C.

About the tree – The tree chosen as the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a 79 ft. tall Engelmann Spruce and is located on the Three Rivers Ranger District of the Kootenai National Forest. The tree weighs 15,000 pounds, has a diameter of 30 inches and is approximately 76 years old. 12,853 ornaments were created locally and across the state. FYI, the tree even has its own facebook page!

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