California’s 2018 Christmas Tree Arriving at State Capitol Tuesday
Christmas tree to be harvested from a CAL FIRE-managed state forest
WHAT: Delivery of the state’s official Christmas tree
WHEN/WHERE: Tree cutting at Latour Demonstration State Forest: Monday, Nov. 5
Tree transport and arrival at State Capitol: Approx. 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2017.
Media interested in covering the tree cutting must meet at the CAL FIRE North Operations Center (6105 Airport Road, Redding, CA) and MUST be at the meet-up site NO LATER THAN 8:30 a.m. PST in order to be escorted through the forest.
The tree will be transported from the Latour Demonstration State Forest to the west lawn of the State Capitol in Sacramento. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will transport the tree with a California Highway Patrol escort down Interstate 5 south to the Q street exit, and will then proceed left onto Tenth Street. The tree will be placed in the west lawn of Capitol Park (Tenth Street between N and L streets).
SUMMARY: On Monday, Nov. 5, a tree crew from the California Department of General Services will cut down the state’s official Christmas tree from the Latour Demonstration State Forest near Redding and prepare the tree for transport. The tree will then be transported on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from the Latour Demonstration State Forest to the west lawn of the State Capitol in Sacramento. Once installation of the 65-foot white fir at the Capitol is completed on that same day, DGS crews will spend several days trimming the tree with hand-crafted ornaments donated from the California Department of Developmental Services. The ornaments are created by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers. The tree will also feature 10,000 ultra-low-wattage, light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.
The Latour Demonstration State Forest is one of eight state forests operated by CAL FIRE. These forests are used to host research projects, and demonstrate improved forest management practices, from timber production and environmental stewardship, to public recreation uses. The 9,033 acres that make up Latour State Forest is in eastern Shasta County and offers public recreation activities such as camping, hiking, and the opportunity to cut a Christmas tree. Permits or more information may be obtained by calling the Latour State Demonstration Forest at (530) 225-2418.
The Department of General Services acts as the business manager for the state of California. DGS helps state government better serve the public by providing services to state agencies including procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management, leasing and design services, environmentally friendly transportation, and architectural oversight and funding for the construction of safe schools.