By Cindy Yurth
The trees will be among 75 "companion trees" to decorate federal offices sent along with the 85-foot blue spruce cut in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest that will be this year's Capitol Christmas Tree.
For the first time since the U.S. Capitol started displaying a Christmas tree in 1964, Arizona was selected to provide the tree. The 75 companion trees come from around the state, with both the Navajo and Apache tribes supplying some of the evergreens.
"It's been exciting to be involved in this event, which makes history not only for Arizona but the Navajo Nation," said Navajo Nation Forest Manager Alexious C. Becenti.