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Recycled Christmas Trees Can Help Protect Fish

First Posted: Dec 25, 2015 01:16 AM EST

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will accept donated Christmas trees to help in providing homes for fish and their young, according to a news release. The organizations will accept undecorated trees for recycling on Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capital Market in Charleston.

Christmas trees can help give additional protection for certain types of stream fish, including bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie. More specifically, the donated trees will be used for fish habitat in Stonecoal Lake, Burnsville Lake, Big Ditch Lake and Tygart Lake. 

Any size tree will be accepted, as long as all the lights, decorations and tinsel have been removed prior to donation.

In addition to helping nature, donating a Christmas tree also gives donors the chance to enter in for winning several prices, including ski packages, 18 holes of golf for four people at Canaan Valley Resort or three one-night stays at Chief Logan State Park and a $25 gift certificate to Capitol Market.

More information regarding tree donations can be found here.

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