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Recycle your Christmas tree for new fish habitat

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 09:56:06-05

(LEX 18) — The Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking the public to donate their used cut Christmas tress to help Kentucky's underwater inhabitants find new homes.

Starting Dec. 26, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be collecting natural Christmas trees at 39 drop-off locations across the state for its Christmas for the Fishes program. Collection will continue until mid-January.

“Christmas for the Fishes gives people the opportunity to participate in our year-round conservation efforts,” says Joseph Zimmerman, habitat program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “Instead of your tree going to a landfill, it can be recycled into something that directly helps our fish and wildlife.”

Donated trees must be free of all lights, tinsel, ornaments and any other decorations. Limbs, wreaths or other brush are not encouraged.

To find the closest drop-off location, visit fw.ky.gov and search using “Christmas.” Drop-off sites are generally open during daylight hours and are not staffed.