While we may all worry if our Christmas tree is too tall, the U.S. Capitol doesn’t have that problem. This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree from Idaho’s Payette National Forest will stand 80 feet tall on the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Well known for its importance as a keystone species in western subalpine environments, the whitebark pine is declining perilously across most of its range. This quick and precipitous change—as much as 90 percent in some ranges—represents the loss of an entire generation of the species.
With 54 peaks in Colorado above 14,000 feet, 48 of which span six of the state’s National Forests, the opportunities to feel like you’re touching the sky are almost endless. These Fourteeners are widely recognized as a bucket list activity for visitors around the world, while local “peakbaggers” flock to the adventure and challenge these peaks offer.