Christmas Trees Can Be Gift to Wildlife

When the bulbs are down and the lights are put away, don’t throw your Christmas tree to the curb just yet! Give your tree new life as wildlife habitat.

The trunk and limbs of the tree can be cut and arranged into a brush pile that serves as shelter for small wildlife species. Simply put limbs in a square arrangement like building a toy log cabin and cover with additional brush.

If you have a pond on your property, you might want to weigh down your tree and sink it into the water to serve as fish habitat.Contact local parks to see if they are doing this on a mass scale.

Whatever project you choose to do, make sure you complete it on your own property. Putting trees and brush on other people’s property or public areas without permission is considered dumping and is illegal.

If you’d rather recycle your tree call your local solid waste management district for information on where to recycle live-cut Christmas trees in your area.

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Jamey Emmert
Jamey Emmert, a native of southeast Ohio, serves as a Wildlife Communications Specialist for the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s NE Ohio district and is stationed in Akron. After graduating from Hocking College with an Associate Degree in Wildlife Management, she began her career with the Division in 2003. Jamey’s responsibilities vary greatly and include serving as a liaison between the Division and the news media, conducting informational workshops and programs connecting Ohioans with the outdoors, creating educational exhibits at various events, and partnering with educators who want to provide educational experiences to others regarding conservation of our natural resources. In her spare time, Jamey enjoys traveling, deer hunting, fishing for anything with gills, searching fields for ancient artifacts, gardening, and birding all in between coats of pink nail polish. You’ll likely find her outdoors and at any given moment next to her husband, Greg, and canine companion, Sophie.
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