Recycled live Christmas trees provide ‘a special gift’ for fish, wildlife

As the holiday season closes, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) hopes residents will donate their live Christmas tree to fish and wildlife in their area as a natural, year-round shelter.

Salvador Mondragon, MDC fisheries management biologist, said Christmas trees can easily be used to improve habitat in ponds, lakes, or even a backyard.

“Natural habitat is always preferred over artificial structures, and that makes live Christmas trees a great option,” he said. “Especially when larger trees aren’t available. 

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