- Associated Press - Monday, February 13, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Kootenai National Forest in northwestern Montana has been selected to provide the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.

The tree must be between 60 and 85 feet tall and a species that represents Montana. It also must be accessible to the crane and semi-truck that will be used to remove the tree in November.

It will be hauled across the country and displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

In 2008, a fir tree selected from the Bitterroot National Forest, was displayed at the U.S. Capitol.

The 2016 Capitol Christmas tree came from the Payette National Forest in Idaho.

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