Capitol Christmas Tree truck: via PeopleNet and ALK.

Capitol Christmas Tree truck: via PeopleNet and ALK.

PeopleNet and its sister company ALK are making it possible this year to track the Capitol Christmas Tree in real time on its 2,000-mile journey to Washington D.C.

The two companies are providing real-time tracking of the Capitol Christmas tree by using its asset tracking software made for managing fleets of trucks. The tree will be traveling from the Chippewa National Forest taking a tour of the U.S. that culminates in the tree lighting ceremony in early December.

“Aiding in the transportation logistics of an 80-foot tall white spruce on a semi-truck from Minnesota to Washington D.C. is an exciting event for PeopleNet and ALK,” said Brian McLaughlin, president of PeopleNet. “We are proud to be part of a 50-year tradition.”

Along the route, the “People’s Tree” will be featured in more than 30 celebrations as it travels with a caravan of caretakers. Seventy companion trees will also be provided by the Minnesota Christmas Tree Growers Association to decorate the inside of the U.S. Capitol building and other sites in Washington D.C.

“This year’s tour is only possible with the help of strong community partnerships throughout Minnesota and beyond state lines,” said Bruce Ward, founder of Choose Outdoors. “We’re grateful for the time and resources PeopleNet and ALK are providing to make this the best tour to date.

To find out more go to the Capitol Christmas Tree Website and use the Capitol Tree tracker.