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Tester suggests recycling National Christmas tree for rebuilding Sperry Chalet

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Christmas is a memory now, but U.S. Sen. Jon Tester believes Montana’s contribution to the holiday could help restore the memorable Sperry Chalet.

This year the National Christmas tree was cut and contributed from the Kootenai National Forest outside Troy. The tree’s moment in the spotlight is over but Tester believes the tree could be recycled by helping to provide some building materials for the reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet, which burned in the Sprague Fire last summer. 

Tester says the original chalet is irreplaceable, but using parts of the tree in some fashion would be a nice gesture. 

“I can think of no better way than to use some Montana lumber from our Capitol Christmas tree to assist in that rebuilding," Tester said. "I would like to see this tree go back to big sky country where it can continue giving to the people to whom our public lands belong.”

The Glacier National Park Conservancy is working to raise funds for rebuilding Sperry Chalet, which was braced against winter storms last fall.

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