Virginia agencies set Christmas tree recycling event for use as fish habitat in 5 lakes

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Natural Resources are gearing up for their 10th annual Christmas tree recycling event.

The event is set for Jan. 3 at the Capitol Market in downtown Charleston. Officials will again recycle the Christmas trees and use them to improve fish habitats across the state.

Over the years, thousands of live trees have been collected and placed in lakes across the state to improve fish habitat. This year, trees will be placed in Beech Fork, East Lynn, Stonewall Jackson, Sutton and Tygart lakes.

The recycling event brought close to 500 trees last year.

To be accepted, all decorations must be removed from the trees, including ornaments, tinsel and stands.

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