Want to get rid of your Christmas tree? Rhode Island wants it to help ‘improve river habitats’

This is a photo from a previous year of "Trees for Trout." (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Now that Christmas is over, are you looking to get rid of your tree? Well, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management wants it.

The Department of Environmental Management is again teaming up with the Rhode Island Chapter of Trout Unlimited on a habitat restoration program called, “Trees for Trout.”

The goal of the program is to collect donated conifer Christmas trees for projects that help better the wild trout and aquatic habitats.

“What that does is it helps collect sediment, by having those trees there it helps improve erosion, it helps improve the waterways, and it helps other fish, like trout, escape predators,” said Jay Wegimont, public affairs officer for the Department of Environmental Management.

He said that the program has seen a lot of success in past years since its start in 2018.

“One of the best parts about collecting Christmas trees is, you can reuse and recycle your own holiday joy,” said Wegimont.

This is a photo from a past year of the ‘Trees for Trout” program. (WLNE)

Anyone interested in donating their Christmas tree can drop it off on Jan. 7  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arcadia Check Station at 2224 Ten Rod Rd. in Exeter.

“Only drop off real trees, not fake ones or trees sprayed with fire-retardant chemicals. All decorations and lights, as well as the stand, must be removed before the tree is brought in,” said the Department of Environmental Management.

To prevent blocking any river ways, the Department of Environmental Management is also asking the public to not dump the trees in rivers themselves.

For more information on the Trees for Trout collection event, visit dem.ri.gov.

Categories: News