Monday, May 3, 2021

Ornament Call: Thousands of Handmade Decorations Needed for Local Trees Heading to D.C.

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2021 at 11:24 AM

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A tree from the Six Rivers National Forest will serve as this year's U.S. Capitol Christmas tree and it's going to need a lot of ornaments  — some 4,000 large ones, in fact.

So, the call is on for California residents to help with the effort for the main tree, which will sit on the West Lawn, as well as 130 others being sent to light up the offices of Washington, D.C., officials, which will need an additional 11,000 ornaments along with tree skirts.

“The Six Rivers has the great responsibility of identifying and providing the Peoples Tree for the upcoming holiday season,” Ted McArthur, forest supervisor, said in a news release. “What better way to showcase the uniqueness and beauty of our great state than by decorating it with ornaments and tree skirts handmade by Californians.”

The theme for the decorations is "Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree”  and those interested are encouraged "to help showcase the diverse peoples and ecology of California and its North Coast" and to use recycled, recyclable or naturals materials.

For details and how to participate, read the full release below:
EUREKA, Calif., May 3, 2021 — How do you decorate one 60- to 80-foot-tall Christmas tree plus 130 smaller companion trees? With lots and lots of ornaments and tree skirts! As part of the 51-year USDA Forest Service tradition, the Six Rivers National Forest is providing the 2021 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which will grace the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the holiday season.

“The Six Rivers has the great responsibility of identifying and providing the Peoples Tree for the upcoming holiday season,” said Ted McArthur, forest supervisor. “What better way to showcase the uniqueness and beauty of our great state than by decorating it with ornaments and tree skirts handmade by Californians.”

The West Lawn tree will require nearly 4,000 large ornaments. Separately, the forest and nearby communities will provide an additional 130 smaller companion trees to light up offices of the California congressional delegation, as well as leadership at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, and the USDA Forest Service throughout Washington, D.C., for the 2021 holiday season.

These trees require approximately 11,000 smaller ornaments and 130 tree skirts.

With a newly selected theme of “Six Rivers, Many Peoples, One Tree,” all California residents are invited to help showcase the diverse peoples and ecology of California and its North Coast, as well as their creativity, by making ornaments and tree skirts for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the smaller companion trees.

In addition to capturing California’s diversity, we encourage the use of recycled, recyclable, and natural materials as part of Woodsy Owl’s 50th birthday celebration highlighting its “Give a Hoot – Don’t Pollute” catchphrase. Ornament and tree skirt examples are available to view as a reference at www.uscapitolchristmastree.com.

Following are requirements for ornaments and tree skirts: Ornaments – U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree: 9 to 12 inches, colorful, reflective, and weatherproof to withstand the elements (wind, rain, and snow). 4,000 needed. Ornaments – 130 smaller companion trees: 4 to 6 inches, lightweight and colorful; however, durability is not a concern as they will be indoors. 11,000 needed.

Tree skirts: 5 feet in diameter. It may be possible for tree skirts to be returned; however, no guarantees can be made. 130 needed. U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree ornaments and tree skirts may not include logos, political, or religious affiliation or symbols, drug or alcohol references, be divisive or offensive. Ornaments cannot be returned.

Ornaments and tree skirts are due by September 1, 2021, and may be mailed to: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501; or taken to drop-off sites listed at www.uscapitolchristmastree.com. For additional information about ornaments or tree skirts for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and how your group or community can get involved, contact Maritza Guzman at maritza.guzman@usda.gov or (707) 672-3184. ###
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