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Posted: Wednesday, November 4, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is being cut in Arizona's White Mountains, transported to Oro Valley and several communities across the state, then hauled to Washington, all on a truck fueled by biodiesel.

This year's Christmas tree will be transported from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, headquartered in Springerville, on a Southwest Industrial Rigging truck fueled by biodiesel. The tree is expected to be cut down on Nov. 7.

Southwest Industrial Rigging, an Arizona-based company since 1984, specializes in the delivery of heavy duty machinery and crane equipment.

"We are thrilled to be a part of history, and bringing biodiesel as the fuel of choice into that history," said Mike Monfred, compliance officer of Southwest Industrial Rigging in Phoenix. 

"We are honored to be the first state to deliver the tree in a clean, green manner," said Richard Davalos, coordinator of the Capitol Christmas Tree. "We are also honored to help promote reducing America's dependence on foreign oil."

The Tucson Regional Clean Cities Program at Pima Association of Governments, the National Biodiesel Foundation and Southwest Industrial Rigging are helping Arizona officials in plotting the route to Washington, D.C.

The route will allow for refueling with biodiesel, and public education is planned along the way about the benefits of biodiesel.

"This is a great undertaking, and one that Arizona should be proud of," said Tom Verry, executive director of the National Biodiesel Foundation.

"The process is honorary, historic and a production like none other," said Clean Cities Manager Colleen Crowninshield. "Arizona has a grand opportunity to showcase the 'Grand Canyon State' with a tree that will illuminate the foreground of the nation's Capitol with all the magic and splendor representative of our great state."

To sponsor biodiesel along the journey, contact Colleen Crowninshield at ccrowninshield@pagnet.org or call 792-1093.

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