The Willamette National Forest was earlier this year selected to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the community has found the ideal candidate to represent the great state of Oregon! Sourced from the Sweet Home Ranger District, the tree will travel by land to Washington D.C., where it will be raised on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and commemorated with an official tree lighting ceremony. The tree's journey will follow a reverse path of the Oregon Trail in honor of the 175th anniversary of the route, with a series of festive events held in each town the tree stops in.
In Lane County, the tree will make appearances at Cabela's in Springfield, the McKenzie River Ranger Station in McKenzie Bridge and in downtown Oakridge. Sign banners on the sides of the truck carrying the tree to wish it well on its journey and learn more about the Willamette National Forest and the state of Oregon, particularly about the state's booming timber industry.
The Christmas tree will be at Cabela's at 2800 Gateway St, Springfield, OR 97477 on Saturday, November 10 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. From there, it will journey up the McKenzie River for a stop at the ranger station, 57600 Hwy 126, McKenzie Bridge, OR 97403, on Sunday, November 11 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Later the same day, the final stop in Lane County will be in downtown Oakridge on E 1st St, Oakridge, OR 97463, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Times are approximate and do not account for unforeseen weather and traffic delays.