Caltrans Helps Transport the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Across California


Date: December 22, 2021
District: Headquarters
Contact: Nicole Mowers
Phone: (209) 986-5574

Sacramento — It's the happiest time of the year! In this News Flash, Caltrans interviews those who helped the U.S. Forest Service transport the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree throughout California and across the country to Washington DC.

Caltrans News Flash #235

This video can also be viewed here: U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree - Caltrans News Flash #235

The U.S. Forest Service picked this year's tree, "Sugar Bear", from the Six Rivers National Forest located in the far northwestern corner of California. Caltrans permitted the tree's route as it moved throughout the state.

The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, or "The People's Tree," began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. Since the 1970s, the U.S. Forest Service selects a tree from a different national forest each year for display at the U.S. Capitol.

To learn more about ‘Sugar Bear' and the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. click here:

This News Flash is the 235th in a series of videos highlighting Caltrans’ activities that present the wide-ranging and critical work that Caltrans does to enhance California’s economy and livability. To see more of these and other videos, search for #CaltransNewsFlash on Twitter or visit the Caltrans News Flash page.