WCA blesses tree for Christmas display at Governor's House


November 24, 2021

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

The Wrangell Cooperative Association blesses the tree that will be displayed for Christmas at the Governor's House. After the Nov. 18 ceremony at Shakes Island, the U.S. Coast Guard transported the tree aboard the buoy tender Elderberry to Juneau. The 14-foot-tall lodgepole pine was sustainably harvested from historically tribal lands on Etolin Island.

The Wrangell Cooperative Association blessed a tree harvested from ancestral Native land on Etolin Island and headed to the Governor's House in Juneau for Christmas display.

The blessing in front of the Chief Shakes Tribal House on Thursday, Nov. 18, was a partnership of the WCA, U.S. Forest Service Wrangell Ranger District, and U.S. Coast Guard, which provided the Elderberry, a 65-foot buoy tender, based in Petersburg, to transport the 14-foot-tall lodgepole tree.

The Elderberry left for Juneau on Monday, after the crew held off departing until stormy weather had passed.

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