Old Christmas trees branching out with new uses

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - Your used Christmas tree could be another species chance at survival.

Brendan Jacobs, RRCA wildlife biologist.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) has been collecting Christmas trees for a shoreline fish habitat and erosion protection project.

The unwanted trees will help Camp Kagama, located near the Upper Canada Bird Sactuary, deal with the severe shoreline erosion along their waterfront.

"These trees will offer a temporary solution to prevent further erosion until the vegetation that will be planted in the spring has time to root and hold the soil together," said Lissa Deslandes, RRCA special events coordinator.

The trees also offer fish habitat and protection for their nests. The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) actually sunk Christmas trees in a lake that had no cover for bass last year to create nesting sites. The RRCA will also attempt to try this if they receive a surplus of trees.

This is one of many shoreline naturalization projects the RRCA have worked on, but the first using a holiday decoration.

"Christmas trees are a great way to get the public involved in helping out and a great way to reuse them," she said.

The trees will be put in place once the ice melts, so anyone still holding onto theirs is invited to deliver it to the Grays Creek Conservation Area (18045 County Road 2) between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you're unable to make it during regular business hours, simply place it by the RRCA building and staff will see to it the next day.

For more information, call the RRCA at (613) 938-3611 and ask for Brendan Jacobs or visit their Facebook page.

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