In your home and yard, and all around your community, there are so many ways you can use Christmas trees after the holidays to help the environment and help ensure that our forests can remain abundant for many generations of happy holidays to come.
But before using or donating your real tree, be sure to remove tinsel, plastic and other non-recyclable ornaments that could be harmful to animals. Never burn your Christmas tree, even if it is dried out. Burning the tree is bad for air quality and can cause a fire.
Help balance our ecosystem.
Storms and other natural disasters don’t just displace people, but birds, too. Christmas trees are used at many nature preserves to keep the ecosystem in balance by creating new nesting structures for birds. It can take 300-400 donated trees to keep one structure intact for a year.
Source: National Christmas Tree Assn. (www.christmastree.org)