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 Willamette National Forest will bring this special gift from Oregon to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 holiday, by way of cross-country tour involving more than 25 communities along the way. One of those stops was in The Dalles yesterday morning from 9 to 10 am in front of The Dalles City Hall.
Festivities during the tree’s visit to The Dalles on Nov. included remarks by public officials, visit with Santa and Smokey Bear, hot cocoa, cookies, candy canes, live music and more!
Attendees had the chance to sign banners on the sides of the truck to wish the tree well, learn more about National Forests, purchase U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise, and more. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area sent a park ranger and Smokey the Bear to the event.