Dayton Couple Witnesses National Tree Cutting

The sun starts to rise, silhouetting the Capitol Christmas tree and the flag-decorated crane in the Bridger Teton National Forest. (photo courtesy Margy Baribeau)
The sun starts to rise, silhouetting the Capitol Christmas tree and the flag-decorated crane in the Bridger Teton National Forest. (photo courtesy Margy Baribeau)

We're just two days away from the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree, which will hail from Wyoming for the first time ever, arriving in Sheridan and Buffalo on its journey to Washington D.C. A Dayton couple had the rare opportunity to be present when the tree was cut down. Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson has their story.


Steve and Margy Baribeau have a cabin near the Bridger Teton Wilderness, and they were two members of the group who attended the early morning tree cutting of the 67' Engleman Spruce selected to stand proud and tall as the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Margy says the tree was about five miles from their cabin, and was under armed guard until it was cut. She says that in 2009, forestry personnel had heard that the 2010 tree might come from Wyoming, and a woman who worked for them had found this tree. She took notes about it, but then sadly died of a heart attack before being able to tell Washington officials about it. Fortunately, her notes were found, and Margy tells us.

Her excitement is still evident as she recounts the awe of tree-cutting day.

Steve describes the process of cutting the tree.

Along with the big tree, seventy smaller trees were also cut, to be set up and decorated throughout the White House and other Federal Buildings. Steve said that for every tree that was taken from Wyoming, saplings will be planted to replace them.

Covering another exciting facet of the Forever West – 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree journey, for sheridanmedia.com news, I'm Mary Jo Johnson reporting.

*NOTE* The tree will be coming through Sheridan Monday afternoon, November 15th, and will be at the Visitor Information Center on 5th Street from noon until about 2:30. The public is welcome to attend a reception before it then heads to Buffalo, where it will be housed at the Buffalo WyDOT location overnight.

To follow the journey of the Capitol Christmas Tree, click here: http://capitolchristmastree.org/

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