The search is on for Capital Christmas tree in Carson National Forest

New Mexico News

The forest service has a mission for all New Mexicans: find the perfect Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

It’s a place where they’re rocking around the Christmas tree all year long—the Christmas Shop in Old Town, where there’s plenty of trees to choose from. However, an artificial tree just won’t due for the big task New Mexico is undertaking.

“For northern New Mexico to be featured in the national spotlight is quite the honor,” says Denise  Ottaviano, Public Affairs Officer, Carson National Forest.

This year’s capital Christmas Tree is coming from New Mexico, specifically the Carson National Forest—one of the state’s most stunning forests.

“We’re very excited to provide the tree, we’re asking for the public to help us find the tree,” says Francisco Cortez, Wildlife Programs Manager, Carson National Forest.

They want people to actually go out and scout it, take pictures and report back, and there are some very specific requirements. From uniform branching to rich color, the tree picked to go to the capital should be visually pleasing from all sides.

“We’re not really looking for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree this year,” Cortez says. 

The tree must be a Fir or a Spruce, stand between 65-85 feet tall, and have the perfect shape. 

“I think it’s kind of challenging to find when we go out and pick…our cedar would have one side that wasn’t perfect because it would go against the wall,” says Loleta Hammontree. 

The tree isn’t the only thing from New Mexico headed to the capital: 10,000 ornaments made locally will cover the capital tree and other trees throughout Washington.

Forest Service officials say it would be ideal if the tree was close to a road for easy access.

Email submissions by June 7 to with the subject line: CCT Candidate Tree Submission. Or, send the tree location information and your contact information to: Questa Ranger District, CCT Candidate Tree Submission, 184 State Highway 38, Questa, NM 87556. 

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