Wednesday, December 23, 2015

West Virginia agencies collecting Christmas trees Jan. 2

(AP) — West Virginia Christmas trees can find a new life once the holiday season is over.

Various state agencies are collecting trees at the start of the New Year to repurpose them as fish habitat in lakes and rivers.

The trees will be accepted Jan. 2 at the Capitol Market in Charleston. Trees should be stripped of tinsel and lights, of course.

Donated trees will be used for habitat in Stonecoal Lake, Burnsville Lake, Big Ditch Lake, and Tygart Lake.

Residents who donate a tree can also sign up to win prizes, such as a ski trip for two.

The tree collection is a collaborative effort involving state environmental and natural resources officials.