2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree comes from the Willamette National Forest

The Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest has been chosen to provide the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. The tree will be cut in early November and prepared for the 3,000-mile coast-to-coast journey that will trace the Oregon Trail in reverse and include a series of community celebrations throughout Oregon and across the U.S. 

The journey will culminate with the official tree lighting on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in early December. Seventy smaller companion trees will also be sent from the forest to Washington, D.C. to decorate government buildings and public spaces this December. Additionally, Oregonians will contribute 10,000 handmade ornaments, to be created throughout 2018.


Explore the Willamette National Forest, Find your Ornament and Help Us Find the Tree!

 

   

Find your Ornament #FindYourOrnament

In celebration of the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, we are hosting an ornament hunt in the Willamette National Forest to inspire and increase outdoor recreation, connect you to beautiful public lands, and to win prizes. 

Two hundred glass ornaments are hidden along non-wilderness trails on the Willamette National Forest for lucky adventurers like you to find!

In addition to a keepsake ornament, over 120 prizes will be awarded and all entrants who submit their ornament tag I.D. will be enrolled in a sweepstakes for the grand prize: 

A round trip for two to Washington D.C. to attend the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting and festivities.  

So get out there today and find an ornament! The contest runs from Memorial Day weekend to October 2nd 2018, the anniversary of the National Trails System Act.


Find your Trail #FindYourTrail 

The theme for the 2018 Capitol Christmas Tree is “Find Your Trail!” in recognition of two 2018 anniversaries: the 50th anniversary of the National Trails Systems Act, and the 175th commemoration of the Oregon Trail. There is a rich history of Oregon’s forests providing for the needs of Oregonians. The Willamette National Forest provides recreational opportunities, fishing, hunting, foraging, firewood, minerals, wood products and, of course, Christmas trees. We hope this exciting ornament hunt will inspire people to explore the Willamette National Forest and all it has to offer. 

For more information on the trails where you can Find Your Ornament.

Need a hint? Find a map and trail listing where ornaments are hidden.












Leave only footprints, take only pictures and memories from your adventures on the Willamette National Forest.  

With so many ways to explore the Willamette National Forest this season we want to remind you to always be safe and responsible. If you pack it in, please pack it out. Know before you go by reading these guidelines to Fire Prevention and Leave No Trace.  

Don't forget to share your adventures with us! Use hashtags #FindYourTrail#USCapitolChristmasTree #FindYourOrnament and #ItsAllYours 

Explore your National Forest and find more information about the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. If you would like more information about the Find Your Ornamenr contest or about the Capitol Christmas Tree project please email: capitolchristmastree2018@gmail.com


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