Capitol Christmas Tree 2009 By The Numbers

December 13, 2009 1:41 pm

SPECIES: Blue spruce (Picea pungens)

HEIGHT: 85-feet at harvest, 65-feet delivered

AGE: 70 years old

WEIGHT: approximately 9,000 lbs at harvest

DIAMETER OF TRUNK AT BASE: 27 inches

WIDTH OF TREE AT BASE OF CROWN: 30-feet

HARVESTED FROM: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Alpine District

HONORARY NAME: Aldo Leopold Centennial Tree

DISTANCE TRAVELED: 4,600+ miles from Arizona to Washington, D.C.

COMPANION TREES: 80 additional trees displayed throughout Capitol Complex offices

COMPANION TREE ORNAMENTS: 4,000 handcrafted ornaments from groups throughout Arizona

CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE ORNAMENTS: 6,000 handcrafted ornaments from Arizona school children

TOUR STOPS: 28 stops in Arizona with community events in 10 days

SOCIAL MEDIA: First Capitol Christmas Tree project to use social media: Twitter and Facebook

GREEN INITIATIVE: First Capitol Christmas Tree project to use bio-fuel and a hybrid vehicle

MEDIA ATTENTION: Nielsen audience of 42 million people viewed tree coverage

MEDIA VALUE: $2.1 million in estimated media value

TV TIME: 14 hours, 28 minutes

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ATTENTION: Europe, China, Taiwan, Russia, Poland and Mexico

 
 
 

STEERING COMMITTEE

United States Forest Service