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By James Edward Mills
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About

Joy To America!

 

Every year the U.S. Forest Service is charged with delivering an 80-foot evergreen tree to the American people to serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Chosen from a national forest somewhere in country the tree, commonly called the People's Tree is a symbol of our great national heritage of environmental conservation and preservation.

My name is James Edward Mills. I am the creator and host of the blog/podcast series The Joy Trip Project. For the past three years it has been my piviledge and honor to accompany the People's tree from the site of its harvest across the country to where it is delivered to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Fans and followers of the project may remember my coverage of the trees from the Chugach National Forest in Seward, Alaska in 2015 and the Payette National Forest in McCall, Idaho in 2016. This year the U.S. Capitol Christams Tree will come from the Kootenai National Forest in Libby Montana. Through photographs, videos and blog posts I tell the story of the People’s tree as well as the importance of preserving our precious natural resources on public land for everyone to enjoy. 

 This year I’m bumping up the production values just a bit and I need your help. Through your contributions on Kickstarter I aim to create a series of limited edition photo prints and a complete photo album of our journey. These items will be suitable for framing and a fabulous gift just in time for Christmas. By sharing this wonderful experience I want bring a little joy to every corner of America. 

Your contribution will help to cover the cost of my travel from Montana to Washington D.C. and provide enough start-up capital for a first print run of books. If we can sell enough copies in advance, we will substantially reduce the cost of production and assure timely delivery by December 25th. Premiums for those who back this campaign will include the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree ornament, stickers and hopefully a few quality swag items provided by our partners and sponsors. In support of the environmental advocacy nonprofit Choose Outdoors your donation is tax deductible! So help us bring Joy To America today!

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Risks and challenges

Truthfully, the only risk to this project is time. The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour will end less than a month before Christmas Day. If I get overwhelmed with the shear volume of photographs that will be collected and processed through this project I might miss that deadline. But I'll make every effort to deliever each photo album and printed image on time.

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    Thanks so much for supporting the Joy To American Campaign! For your basic contribution I'll send you a Joy Trip Project holiday decal as well as the official 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree sticker!

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    Thanks so much for supporting the Joy To American Campaign! For your basic contribution I'll send you a Joy Trip Project holiday decal, the official 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree sticker and a 4X6 autographed photograph selected from the official photo album

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    Thanks so much for supporting the Joy To American Campaign! For your basic contribution I'll send you a Joy Trip Project holiday decal, the official 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree sticker and a 8x10 autographed photograph selected from the official photo album

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    Limited Edition Print #1

    Donors who contribute to the Joy To America Campaign at the $75 level will receive 1 of 3 iconic 8X10 inch limited edition signed and mounted photo prints taken during the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

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    Donors at the $100 level will receive a copy of the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree photo album. This 20-page hardcover book illustrates in color photographs the 2,000-mile journey of the People's Tree from the Kootenai National Forest in the state of Montana all the way to Washington D.C. The photos will include images of the tree's harvest to the lighting ceremony on the U.S. Capitol Mall

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    Prime Donor Plus

    Donors at the $100 level will receive a copy of the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree photo album. This 20-page hardcover book illustrates in color photographs the 2,000-mile journey of the People's Tree from the Kootenai National Forest in the state of Montana all the way to Washington D.C. The photos will include images of the tree's harvest to the lighting ceremony on the U.S. Capitol Mall. You will also receive 1 of 3 iconic 8X10 inch limited edition signed and mounted photo prints taken during the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour

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