January 17, 2022

Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District Seeking Christmas Trees for Reuse as Wildlife Habitat – Wheeling Intelligencer

Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District Seeking Christmas Trees for Reuse as Wildlife Habitat - Wheeling Intelligencer
Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District Seeking Christmas Trees for Reuse as Wildlife Habitat - Wheeling Intelligencer

Photo Provided – This is the dropoff location behind the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District where the organization is accepting real Christmas trees through Jan. 21.

The Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District is working to repurpose residents’ real Christmas trees.

Residents who are unsure about 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, so long as it’s within Belmont County limits. Hannah Carpenter, program administrator, said they are not accepting artificial trees — only real trees are accepted.

Carpenter said they repurpose the trees to give back to the wildlife environment.

“What we’re doing with them is sinking them to the bottom of ponds for fish habitat and creating brush piles on public land for rabbit habitat,” she said.

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

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

“Our wildlife specialist, who was hired last year in October, it was a program that he wanted to start. We got kind of a late start on it last year but it was very successful so he wanted to do it again this year and it’s been even more successful,” she said.

Carpenter said they have collected more than 40 trees so far and look 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 and schedule it,” she said.

The BSWCD is currently accepting the trees through Jan. 21. The 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 city of St. Clairsville will also be collecting residents’ old, unwanted Christmas trees beginning today.

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