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Perfect Christmas tree for our state capital

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Nov 07 2013 08:07:56 PM CST
WHITMORE, Calif. -

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree isn't always easy. But for the California Department Of General Services, finding the perfect tree was crucial, since this is their second year they've had the honor to choose the state capital's Christmas tree.

The California Department Of General Services along with CAL FIRE cut down that tree at the Latour Demonstration State Forest.

Out of all the trees, they chose a  90-foot red fir. The tree will be transported to Sacramento for the holiday season.

"The director of CAL FIRE made the offer that we could provide Christmas trees and DGS came up and looked at them and they liked them, " said David Loveless, force manager at Lature Demonstration State Forest.

The Demonstration State Forest has 70,000 acres of timber land and CAL FIRE said the reason this one was the winner was because of its fullness and height.

"We’ve cut a lot of Christmas trees up here but never one for the state capital till last year," said Loveless.

Cutting the tree down took a lot of preparation and work. They had to cut the 90-foot tree in the perfect spot. After cutting some branches and tying the tree, it was cut at 65 feet, then laid down to make sure that its branches remained intact.

 "So far the last two years they’ve been very pleased and sounds like they'll be back next year,” said Loveless.

The tree will be arriving to Sacramento at 10:00 a.m. Friday and will be escorted by California Highway Patrol.

The tree will be lit up Dec. 12  with 10,000  lights and decorated with 500 hand-crafted ornaments created by children and adults with disabilities.