Nov 3, 2014 7:49 PM by Charlene Cheng
With a couple of precise, clean cuts, a white fir rooted deep in the LaTour Demonstration Forest began its journey to becoming California's official state Christmas tree.
"This is a big honor to have the tree selected from LaTour, to have it come right here out of the Shasta-Trinity unit, to have it go down to the state capital for Christmas," said CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Cheryl Buliavac.
The tree is about 4,800 pounds, 60 feet tall, and it's not the first time the state tree has come from this area.
"The last three years, they've harvested trees from LaTour forest. These trees are very large, they're very full, so they make perfect Christmas trees," Buliavac said.
The actual cutting of the tree is a carefully orchestrated process.
"A lot of preparation goes into cutting the tree. They use a crane to strap to the side of the tree when they're ready to make the final cut, and the crane will hoist the tree onto some rests where the branches will be protected. It'll then be put on the transport," Buliavac said.
From here, the tree will make its way south down Interstate 5 to Sacramento, and take its place on the west lawn of Capitol Park.
Crews will spend several days trimming the tree with 500 hand-crafted ornaments donated from the California Department of Developmental Services, and that will be topped off with 10,000 LED bulbs.
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