It was a search that started back in November. Now, nine months later the search for the Capitol Christmas Tree has been narrowed down to seven. Chris Niccoli who spends his time jumping out of planes to fight fires has been tasked with finding that perfect gem.
"A lot of looking. I've probably been up and down this road probably 10 times, actually because I knew there was some trees and I would stop and I would look at one and I'd go well maybe and I'd move on and I'd come back," Niccoli said, who's on the tree selection team. "A lot of times after work I just got on my dirt bike, I love dirt biking and would just drive around the woods."
Niccoli is a little limited on which trees he's allowed to pick, as they have to be accessible to cranes and a semi-trailer. It's a job he says is actually a little more stressful than being a smokejumper.
"This is more pressure at the end of the day. I think this is more pressure. More people are watching me here. Usually in the woods nobody says anything," Niccoli said.
Since the 1970's, the forest service has picked the Capitol Christmas Tree. A tree that will be placed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
"It's got to be good all the way around. So I'm looking for that nice conical shape," Ted Bechtol said, who's the superintendent of the U.S Capitol grounds.
This marks Bechtol's 12th time picking the capitol tree. He says he looks at the trees' color, whether the tree is healthy and if it has that perfect cone-like shape.
"It's sort of a beauty contest for me. Picking the tree that has the best shape or the best characteristics," Bechtol said.
In addition to the Capitol Tree, Idaho is also responsible for 80 companion trees. Those trees will be coming from north Idaho and be placed in the offices in Congress.
Capitol officials hope to have the tree picked by the time they leave Idaho on Thursday.