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.

Enjoy the beauty of branches
all year long.

Use bare Christmas tree branches as you would grapevines—as a base for wreaths and swags. Try lightly spraying them with white paint to give them a snowy, wintry look. Or decorate them with wire-frame ribbon or flowers to match your décor. You can also arrange bare tree branches in a large vase just by themselves, or decorate with picture tree ornaments.

Try making a stick fish with your kids. Cut thin branches into 10–12 pieces about the same size. Find one long thin branch that has a slight curve to it and glue it to a large sheet of construction paper. On top of the long branch, glue the smaller twigs across to make the fish bones. Using bark from the tree, leaves from outside or even construction paper that’s a similar color, cut out the fish tail and head. Glue on a wiggly eye and you have a cute souvenir from Christmas.