How you can re-purpose your real Christmas tree

Now that Christmas is over, you might be thinking about what to do with your real Christmas tree.

Many people throw them away, but you can actually donate them and help fish.

Both the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake in Illinois and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife take live Christmas trees to help create underwater fish structures.

All trees donated must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations.

Donations locations in Illinois are:

  • Rend Lake until January 11, 2019
    • Sugar Creek parking lot, located at the intersection of Licata and Mine 24 roads.
    • Dam West boat ramp, located on the west end of the main dam.
    • Jackie Branch boat ramp, located north of Rt. 154 across from the Barren Township building.
  • Mt. Vernon until January 7, 2019
    • Veterans Park Softball Field and Optimist Park at 903 Pace Avenue.
  • Marion until January 4, 2019
    • Ray Fosse Park at the “Goofy Golf” parking lot located just north of Route 13 on the east end of Marion at 500 East Deyoung Street.
    • Pyramid Park in the northernmost picnic shelter parking lot at 1300 Bevabeck Drive.

Donations in Kentucky will be taken from December 26 through January 15. You can see a list of drop-off locations below. Learn more by clicking here.