Colville National Forest

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Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The Christmas tree destined for the nation's capital is set to begin a cross-country road trip. But getting an 80-foot tree out of a national forest isn't quite like going to a U-cut.

This year's Capitol Tree is a carefully chosen spruce from Washington's Colville National Forest. And this is no logging operation. 

For starters, this year's tree is on Kalispel Tribe ancestral land. So on the chilly morning of the cutting ceremony, members of the tribe performed a blessing.