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.
Give fish a new home.
Christmas trees that are properly weighted down provide a good habitat for fish to be safe and protected. You can use the branches of your tree to make a natural structure in your backyard pond. Or donate your tree to the fish and game department for use in local or state fisheries.
Source: National Christmas Tree Assn. (www.christmastree.org)