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Pitt Soil and Water Conservation District

Posted on: November 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Local Christmas Ornaments Collected for U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

PITT COUNTY, N.C. – The National Forests in North Carolina were selected to provide the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.  The tree, also known as “The People’s Tree” adorns the West lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, and is selected each year from a different national forest. 


The National Forests in North Carolina invited agencies and communities across the state to decorate and donate ornaments to be placed on the tree. Organizations from all over, including the N.C. Division of Soil and Water Conservation worked to complete the state goal of 6,000 ornaments themed “From the Mountains to the Sea” that display the diversity of people, places, plants and animals for which North Carolina is known. 


Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation coordinated with local schools and youth organizations to be included in this statewide effort.  Photos provided are from Pitt County 4-H / N.C. Cooperative Extension Pitt County Center and D.H. Conley High School.


“We are pleased to receive more than 60 ornaments representing Pitt County that highlight the use of natural, recyclable and repurposed materials. The focus on natural resources and the opportunity to promote community awareness to care for them aligns with the Division’s mission ‘to foster voluntary, incentive-driven management of soil, 

 water, and related natural resources for the benefit of the environment, economy, and all citizens’,” says PJ Andrews, Director, Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation.


The tree’s journey from the Pisgah National Forest to the Nation’s Capitol will kick off on Saturday, November 5, 2022.  “The People’s Tree” will make stops in local communities from the mountains to the sea before being placed at the West lawn of U.S. Capitol Building on Friday, November 18, 2022. 


This is the third time the National Forests in North Carolina have provided the tree, first in 1974 and later in 1998.  The public can track the journey in real-time at and learn more at


The Mission of Pitt County Government is to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of our community by advocating for and providing quality services in a friendly and cost-effective manner. Learn more:

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