Recycling Christmas Trees for Wildlife

Giving new life to your tree after the holiday season

Carolina Chickadee visits a recycled Christmas Tree. Photo by Danielle Brigida/USFWS
Virginia Pine by Danielle Brigida/USFWS
Christmas Tree Farm / Washington State Department of Agriculture

Decorate Your Tree for Wildlife

Decorating pinecones with lard and bird seed. Photos by Valerie Fellows/USFWS
A Carolina Wren visits a recycled Christmas Tree. Photo by Danielle Brigida/USFWS
Left: Birdseed ornaments by Rose Primmer / USFWS || Right: Edible Wildlife Ornaments by Virginia State Parks / Creative Commons

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Edible Ornaments for the birds by Rose Primmer/USFWS

Create a Brush Pile with Your Tree

Help Enrich Fish Habitat and Prevent Erosion

LeftL Photo: Christmas tree drop / USFWS || Right: Lowering a bundle of recycled Christmas trees into Bayou Sauvage / Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie, Louisiana National Guard

Use it Yourself —Like in the Garden or Eat it!

Share Your Ideas

Black-capped Chickadee by Mara Koenig/USFWS

What Plans Do You Have for Your Christmas Tree?

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