January 4 2021

Recycle live holiday trees at Eastwood MetroPark

Once you’ve taken down your live holiday tree, take it to Eastwood MetroPark where it will be used to support conservation efforts in Dayton-area state parks.

Five Rivers MetroParks is working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to collect 450 used holiday trees for important conservation projects in local state parks.

Trees can be dropped off at Eastwood MetroPark, 1401 Harshman Road, through Jan. 31. Trees should be free of decorations, paint and artificial snow.

Once collected, ODNR will bundle the trees and sink them into lakes to help bolster aquatic habitats, which has proven to be successful.

“I can say from personal experience and from talking to countless anglers that these trees provide quality fishing opportunities in our public bodies of water,” said Michael Porto, ODNR fisheries biologist. “They give novice and experienced anglers alike someplace specific they can expect to catch fish. ODNR completed a tree-sinking project at Cowan Lake State Park last year, and the results have been very popular.”

Five Rivers MetroParks and ODNR participated in a similar conservation project in early 2019, when MetroParks’ staff and volunteers and ODNR sunk nearly 750 trees into Eastwood Lake. The results of that project also have been successful, improving Eastwood Lake’s aquatic habitat and opportunities for fishing.

Those dropping off trees should follow CDC guidelines, especially as it pertains to social distancing and wearing face masks.

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