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JACKSON, Wyo. - The hunt is on in Wyoming for the perfect Christmas tree for the next holiday season to be displayed on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

Bridger-Teton National Forest spokeswoman Mary Cernicek said at least 12 trees have already been nominated, but their locations are being kept secret for now.

Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming in 2007 applied through the U.S. Forest Service for Wyoming to provide the 2010 Capitol Christmas tree, and Bridger-Teton officials volunteered to supply the tree.

In July, a tree will be selected by the Capitol architect.

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Cernicek said a good tree is between 55 and 65 feet tall, is free from diseases and insect infestations, and has full branches all the way around.

Cernicek said the selected tree will be cut down in November and tour various states before arriving for display and a lighting ceremony on the U.S. Capitol lawn.

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