Christmas trees will be used to help bolster aquatic habitats at Eastwood Metropark.
Five Rivers MetroParks will begin accepting holiday trees starting December 26 at Eastwood MetroPark. Trees can be dropped off from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 and Jan. 2through Jan. 31. Trees should be free of decorations, paint, and artificial snow before donating.
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 angling 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' parks and conservation 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 anglers.
Those dropping off trees should follow CDC guidelines, especially as it pertains to social distancing and wearing face masks.
You can also recycle your holiday lights through January 31! Drop off unwanted lights at recycling stations in six MetroParks locations. Find locations here: