It’s 65-feet, more than two tons, approximately 60-years-old and arrived with a CHP escort! Impressive, right? The state’s official Christmas tree settled into its pre-determined slot on the west lawn of the Capitol today after months of planning and coordination by DGS’ Facilities Management Division (FMD), CAL FIRE and the California Highway Patrol. CAL FIRE transported the tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest (one of eight state forests operated by CAL FIRE) to the Capitol after DGS’ tree crew cut down the tree. This year, CAL FIRE experts took a core sample from the tree and were able to determine the age of the majestic fir to be approximately 60-years-old!
Once the tree arrived at the Capitol, DGS’ FMD crew sprang into action and guided the tree off of the crane with thick cables and then lifted it high into the air to be placed gently in the ground. Next, well trained staff in three locations, communicated with one another to tell the crew if the tree is leaning to the left, right or centered.
Bright ornaments donated from the California Department of Developmental Services will soon adorn the tree. The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 6.