Tri-State Generation and Transmission, along with Tucson Electric Power, were proud sponsors of the 2009 National Capitol Christmas tree.
Also known as “The People’s Tree,” this 85-foot blue spruce was presented to the United States Congress on November 30, following its 2,000+ mile trek from the White Mountains of Arizona to the nation’s capital.
With help from employees at the Springerville, AZ generating station, the tree was harvested from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Taller than a 7-story building at harvest, the tree was cut on Saturday, November 7, 2009 and began a two-week tour across the United States on its way to Washington, DC.
Schoolchildren throughout Arizona made nearly 6,000 ornaments to be placed on the tree. Another 4,000 handcrafted ornaments were made to accompany the 80 companion trees places throughout the United States Capitol Complex. Students were encouraged to craft their ornaments from recycled materials and to consider the environmental impact of their finished designs.
The tree will be on display in front of the United States Capitol building throughout the holiday season.