Tree cut from Kootenai National Forest for U.S. Capitol

Every year, a different National Forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the Christmas season.

This year, The Kootenai National Forest in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from Montana to Washington, D.C. for the 2017 season.

The tree was cut on Wednesday, November 8 and prepared for the more than 3,000-mile expedition.
Next Tuesday, it will be in Libby, Troy and Trout Creek Montana.

Pete Tallmadge, a fifth-generation Troy resident, was asked to cut the tree. Pete’s grandfather started Tallmadge Logging and Pete has been sawing with his dad Stan and his Uncle Rick for 25 years.

According to his wife, Pam, Pete was honored to be the one asked to cut the tree.

The town of Troy is also sending three students from Troy High School to D.C. as well as a couple from Libby and Eureka.