LexisNexis VitalChek Network Inc. Supports the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on its Cross-Country Journey

Through its Permit Wizard oversize permitting services, as the “People’s Tree” travels from Oregon to Washington D.C.

The holiday tradition of picking up the perfect tree from a corner lot or tree farm and bringing it home atop the family vehicle is just not possible for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Averaging about 80 feet in height, the “People’s Tree” requires much more thought and planning for the approximately 3,000 mile trip “home” from Willamette National Forest in Oregon to Washington D.C.

There’s a long-standing tradition of selecting a differentNationalForesteach year to provide a tree to appear on the WestLawnoftheU.S. Capitol for the Christmas season. This year, theWillamette National Forest, in partnership with nonprofit Choose Outdoors, provided this special gift to Washington, D.C. for the 2018 season with support from several volunteers and sponsors, including Permit Wizard as the transportation permit sponsor for the fifth year running.

Because the “People’s Tree” is so large and extends well beyond standard federal trailer length and load width limitations, oversize/overweight transportation rules are followed. Routes are carefully planned early on to avoid hang-ups, and permits are pulled from every state the tree travels through. Permit Wizard’s vast knowledge of these requirements and the U.S. transportation system help ensure this cross-country trip goes without a hitch.

“Permit Wizard is honored to support the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour,”said Jeff Piefke, general manager at LexisNexis® VitalChek Network Inc., which manages Permit Wizard. “This is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the country to celebrate both the start of the holiday season and our National Forests.”

In early November, the “People’s Tree” was cut and prepared for its 3,000-mile trek, passing through a number of community celebrations culminating with the official tree lighting ceremony in Washington D.C. in early December. Also making the trip is a number of smaller companion trees to decorate offices inside the U.S. Capitol building and other sites throughout Washington, D.C.

For news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.capitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.