The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has found a solution to minimize the damage that manmade activities produce on the environment during the winter holidays. The organization has recently announced that recycled Christmas trees will be used to protect fish habitat.
Every year, approximately 25 million firs are cut in the United States to cover customers’ market demands for Christmas trees. These practices have been harshly contested because they can cause great damage to Earth’s fauna and flora. Activists have made various campaigns asking people to replace natural Christmas trees with artificial ones to protect the environment.
The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has come up with a new solution: residents are invited to bring their natural Christmas trees to the Capitol Market on January 2nd. The Christmas decorations and the tinsels have to be removed before the tree is brought to the department.
Donors will, thus, have the opportunity to contribute to a good cause, that of restoring the natural habitat of many fish species in the region. Scientists have explained that the recycled trees will be placed in water or aside rivers to ensure fish a place where they can hide.
The firs will be placed near the surface of the water, so fish could still have oxygen. Species like bluegill, catfish and bass use similar underwater structures to hide themselves or to build nests for their eggs. Consequently, activists think adding more Christmas trees to lake waters will further improve their habitat.
The organization has further announced that the collection of the trees will take place on January 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The location was set for the Capitol Market in Charleston.
Aside from the spiritual benefits that volunteers will get, the organization is also offering material benefits in exchange of the donated Christmas tree. Participants can win sky trips for two persons or 18 holes of golf if they choose to bring their old Christmas tree to the market instead of throwing it in the dust bin. Some recyclers may also receive gift certificates, the organisation has further informed.
Similar campaigns will be conducted outside Virginia, as well. Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky and New Hampshire are some of the locations where people can recycle their Christmas trees without traveling too much.
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