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    2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

    The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree

    • The 2014 Capitol Christmas Tree will come from the The Chippewa National Forest. The Chippewa National Forest has partnered with Choose Outdoors and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to bring this special gift from Minnesota in celebration of the Christmas season and the great outdoors. The beautiful tree will be delivered to the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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    2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

    The Colorado Capitol Christmas Tree

    • In 2012, the Capitol Christmas Tree will come from a Colorado forest.  Bruce Ward, the Founder of Choose Outdoors and Capitol Christmas Tree National Director, hopes this is a chance to put the mountain pine beetle in the Christmas media cross hairs...
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    • Hallowed U.S. Holiday Tradition Continues with the 2012 Capitol Ch ristmas Tree

      August 19th, 2012 18:31 by Bruce Ward

      Official Route from Colorado to Washington, D.C. Announced. This holiday season, the U.S. Forest Service and the White River National Forest with help from their nonprofit partner, Choose Outdoors and major sponsors including the Colorado Tourism Office, Mack Trucks and The National Association of Convenience Stores, will present a gift to the nation from the people of Colorado.  The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree continues a hallowed American tradition that originated nearly 50 years ago.  This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree will hail from the Colorado’s White River National Forest, the number one forest for...

      Wildfires, Who is to blame?

      April 2nd, 2012 00:00 by Bruce Ward

      As I write this, I can still see smoke and flames from my home. My family and I live just southwest of Denver in the "wilderness urban interface". As I write this, I can still see smoke and flames from my home. My family and I live just southwest of Denver in the "wilderness urban interface". We have lived here for decades because of our love of Colorado's beauty, but now the yearly "fire watch" causes us pause as we hold our breath in the annual exercise hoping the forest around us doesn't turn to smoke. This week's fire - the Lower North Fork – is now approximately 70% contained...

    • Bruce Ward was recognized as a Champion of Change at White House

      On July 6, 2011 Choose Outdoors founder Bruce Ward was recognized as a Champion of Change for Rural America at a White House meeting convened by President Barak Obama, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak, and Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes.

      Mountain Pine Beetle Conference

      The pine beetle conference at the REI Flagship store in Denver included lots of concerned people, scientists, builders, business owners and Forestry Service people gathered to learn more about and talk about the bark beetle...

      Get Your Nature On!

      Did you know that regular outdoor activity could actually improve your physical and mental health? Or that kids who spend time in parks or green spaces are more likely to be physically fit?...

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