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.

Be kind to our fine
feathered friends.

Help balance
our ecosystem.

Think spring.

Go organic in
your garden.

Give fish a
new home.

Improve hiking trails
and playgrounds.

Save our shoreline.

Don’t just recycle,

Make next year’s
presents out of this
year’s tree.

Enjoy the beauty
of branches all year long.

Be kind to our fine feathered friends.

Winter birds will appreciate using your old Christmas tree for cover in your backyard, especially if you decorate it with bird food ornaments. This is also a good way to keep birds congregating where you want them to and not in the tree branches above your car! Secure the tree trunk to prevent it from rolling away in winter winds by attaching it with wire or twine to a stable support or by staking the tree to the ground.

Purchase suet, molded seeds or disposable birdseed hangers from a garden center or bird supply shop. Or make homemade bird feeders with your kids. Try using pine cones or stale bread smeared with peanut butter and rolled in birdseed, orange slices and strands of popcorn. Use the trunk of your Christmas tree as a sturdy base for mounting a birdhouse or nesting shelf in early spring. Birds are better protected from other animals and predators when their houses hang from tall poles many feet off the ground, rather than trees.

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