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New Mexico Spruce Begins Journey To Be 2019 Christmas Tree

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RED RIVER, N.M. (AP) - A 60-foot (18-meter) blue spruce was cut down Wednesday during a ceremony in a forested canyon in northern New Mexico, starting a 2½-week journey that will take it to the U.S. Capitol to be this year's Christmas tree.
 
A sawyer used a chain saw to sever the trunk, which one of two cranes then jerked several feet up in the air. Then both cranes swung the tree over to a flatbed trailer at the Carson National Forest site.
 
The tree will tour New Mexico before leaving on a trip scheduled to conclude Nov. 24 at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.
 
According to the project website , stops are scheduled in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.
 
Each year a national forest is selected to share a tree with the nation.
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