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“People’s Tree” To Make Historic Journey from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska to Washington, D.C.

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, for the first time in its history, will be coming to Washington, D.C. from the majestic state of Alaska. The Chugach National Forest is providing this year’s tree and in partnership with the nonprofit organization, Choose Outdoors, the tree is being brought to the U.S. Capitol with help from more than 40 sponsors – including PermitWizard, an over-dimensional permitting service by LexisNexis® VitalChek Network Inc. PermitWizard is supporting the 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree Tour with in-kind services by ordering all of the over-dimensional permits required to transport this year’s tree more than 4,000 miles from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

“This historic journey is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Alaska and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources PermitWizard is providing to help make this the best tour to date.”

“We are delighted to once again support the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree tour through our PermitWizard permitting services.” said Jeff Piefke, General Manager, LexisNexis VitalChek Network Inc. “This is a great opportunity for communities across the nation to celebrate the spirit of the season.”

The tree will be cut on October 27 and begin its journey with a community celebration in Seward, Alaska before it is prepared for the 4,000-mile expedition – including traveling at sea to arrive in Tacoma, Washington in early November. There will be several community events along the route, scheduled to make stops in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia before arriving in Washington, D.C. in early December for an official tree lighting ceremony and Congressional Reception. Smaller companion trees also will be provided by the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association to decorate offices inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington D.C., along with 4,000 ornaments designed and created by artists and school children across Alaska.

Other associated costs of the tour are paid for in part by the U.S. Forest Service, while costs for the tree's transportation and special events are covered by in-kind services, donations and overall support both locally and nationwide, including Shell Oil, Alaska Airlines, Skybitz, Alaska Railroad, Alaska Crane, Granite Construction Company, Lynden Transport, ReThink Wood, Truckload Carriers Association, Totem Ocean, Hale Trailers and Kenworth Truck Company.

For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit http://www.capitolchristmastree.com and on Facebook @USCapitolChristmasTree.

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About Chugach National Forest
Established in 1907, the Chugach National Forest is the northernmost national forest. The Forest’s 5.4 million acres form a great arc around Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska that stretches more than 200 miles from the Kenai Peninsula past the remote and wild Copper River Delta. Just 50 miles south of Anchorage, the Chugach National Forest serves as the backyard to more than half of Alaska’s population. The Forest’s 48,000 acres of lakes and 18,000 miles of streams produce more than 66 million salmon a year and host the largest recreation fisheries for Chinook, Sockeye and Coho salmon, and rainbow trout in the state. The Forest is a place with vast recreational opportunities where distinctive cultures, customs, and ways of life connect. A unique convergence of long-held traditions of stewardship continue by the first nations of Alaska, including the Chugach, Eyak, Ahtna, and Dena’ina Athabascan. For more information, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/chugach.

About the U.S. Forest Service
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land; provides assistance to state and private landowners; and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. For more information, see http://www.fs.fed.us.

About Choose Outdoors:
Choose Outdoors is a coalition for outdoor recreation comprised of people and organizations who are passionate about outdoor recreation, support public lands, waters, and the agencies charged with their care. http://www.chooseoutdoors.org.

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