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Photo provided – This is the drop-off point behind the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District, where the organization is accepting real Christmas trees until January 21.

The Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District strives to reuse residents’ real Christmas trees.

Residents who are unsure of what to do with their Christmas tree now that the holidays are over can drop it off at the district office or staff will pick it up, as long as it is within Belmont County limits. Hannah Carpenter, administrator of the program, said they don’t accept artificial trees – only real trees are accepted.

Carpenter said they are reusing the trees to give back to the wildlife environment.

“What we do with them is sink them to the bottom of ponds for fish habitat and create brush piles on public land for rabbit habitat,” she said.

She said the brush piles will be created on various public lands in the county. Additionally, landowners interested in using the trees to create brush piles on their own property can contact the district. The remaining trees are donated to Salt Fork State Park for both uses.

This is the second year that the district has participated in the program.

“Our wildlife specialist, who was hired last year in October, was a program he wanted to launch. We started a little late last year, but it was very successful, so he wanted to do it again this year and it was even more successful, ”she said.

Carpenter said he has collected over 40 trees so far and is looking forward to accepting many more.

“We’ll take them, whoever wants to drop them off.” Or if they’re in Belmont County, we’ll pick them up. They just have to call it up and schedule it, ”she said.

The BSWCD is currently accepting trees until January 21. Trees can be dropped off behind the district office, located at 130 W. Main St. in St. Clairsville. For more information or to schedule a pickup, call the office at 740-526-0027.

The Town of St. Clairsville will also be collecting old residents’ Christmas trees starting today.

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