In 2005, Encana Oil & Gas developed an innovative method of protecting wildlife habitat by decreasing surface disturbance and speeding the re-vegetation of disturbed sites.
Encana’s project includes laying down 8 x 13-foot wooden oak mats on the surface instead of disturbing plants and soil by scraping roads and well pads. Creating an artificial location by applying the wooden mats on well sites protects the root system of native vegetation that may otherwise be damaged. As mats are laid down, they flatten the plants, but topsoil and root systems will remain intact and undamaged. The mats protect vegetation, reduce damage to native plant root systems and limit soil compaction caused by equipment and vehicles.
Encana recently donated the use of this innovative environmental planking technology to the Forest Service for Wyoming’s US Capitol Christmas Tree in order to protect the area near Wyoming’s perfect 67-foot Engelmann Spruce in preparation for the cutting ceremony on November 6.
The Tree Cutting Ceremony will be held on November 6 with members of the Northern Arapaho tribe blessing the tree and a celebration on the Jackson Town Square later that afternoon. Beginning November 10, the Tree will make a 20-day trek across Wyoming and the nation to Washington, DC with celebration stops in communities all along the way.
From RealPartner Randy Teeuwen, Encana Oil and Gas
ABOUT THE CAPITOL CHRISTMAS TREE PROJECT
The Bridger-Teton National Forest, at the request of Senator John Barrasso, is leading the State of Wyoming in the delivery of the Capitol Christmas Tree for 2010. This is the first time in the nation’s history that Wyoming has been selected to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree.
The Capitol Christmas Tree will grace the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol in December 2010. The Architect of the U.S. Capitol has already selected a 67-foot Engelmann spruce from the Bridger-Teton National Forest that will be cut, loaded, covered and prepped for travel in November to Washington, D.C.
In mid-November, the tree will be toured across the state of Wyoming before heading east to the U.S. Capitol. In late November, the tree will be delivered to the U.S. Capitol, where it will be lowered into 5-foot deep hole, strung with lights, and decorated with thousands of handcrafted ornaments made by Wyomingites from across the State. In December, the Speaker of the House, along with one Wyoming student, will light the tree and showcase Wyoming’s historical, cultural and natural beauty.
Through the holiday season, the tree will be lit at dusk, where it will be enjoyed by people from across world. The theme of Wyoming’s tree is “Wyoming- Forever West.”
For more information on the Capitol Christmas Tree for 2010, please visit: www.capitolchristmastree2010.org.
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