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Here's how to dispose of your Christmas tree while helping wildlife

Here's how one man's trash can be wildlife's treasure.
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The holidays have come and gone, meaning there's a good chance you're packing up the Christmas decorations.

If you had a real tree for Christmas, there's an easy way to dispose of it — and you can help support wildlife in doing so. 

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says old Christmas trees make for perfect wildlife habitat. The trunks and limbs can be cut and arranged into brush piles for small wildlife species. 

Credit: ODNR Division of Wildlife

If you have a pond on your property, you can also consider weighing your tree down so that it sinks into the water. ODNR says this makes a great habitat for fish.

ODNR also reminds citizens to only dispose of trees on your own property. It's actually illegal to dump trees and brush in public areas, or on someone else's property. 

If you prefer to recycle your tree by other means, call your solid waste management district for proper instructions.

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