Alaska Air Cargo said it is shipping more than 4,000 ornaments from the state of Alaska to the District of Columbia, in support of the 2015 US Capitol Christmas Tree program, in conjunction with the US Forest Service-Chugach National Forest and Choose Outdoors.
The colorful hand-decorated ornaments will be used to decorate the Capitol Christmas Tree displayed on the West Lawn of the US Capitol for the holiday season, and smaller companion trees throughout Washington, D.C.
The Chugach National Forest and Choose Outdoors carried out an extensive campaign to collect ornaments from Ketchikan to Barrow that represent Alaska´s natural and cultural resources. The ornaments were created by communities, youth, tribal organizations, artists and individuals from across the 49th state.
This year, the Capitol Christmas Tree is coming from the Chugach National Forest, which covers an area the size of New Hampshire in south central Alaska. The 74-foot Lutz Spruce was cut on Oct. 27 and is currently en route to Washington, D.C., celebrating in 15 communities along the way.
Alaska Airlines has donated more than USD50,000 to the Capitol Christmas Tree program this year.
Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica.