Wildlife agents: Old Christmas trees can be good for animals

December 30, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina wildlife officials are recommending people use their old, live Christmas trees to help animals.

The state Department of Natural Resources says old trees can be used for erosion control or as cover for small animals like quails and rabbits.

The agency also has a program that takes old trees and sinks them in lakes to become artificial reefs for fish.

Wildlife agents say they have a tree drop off area in Berkeley County that should be used instead of just dumping trees into public lakes.

The agency says that depending on how a live tree is harvested, it could be replanted. But wildlife agents say many varieties of live Christmas trees struggle to survive through hot and humid South Carolina summers.

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