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In Portland: Give your Christmas tree to salmon

Ecotrope | Jan. 3, 2012 3:37 a.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2013 1:33 p.m.

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Once submerged in water, Christmas trees provide lots of places for microorganisms to grow and attract other critters that baby salmon can eat before they head out to sea.

Once submerged in water, Christmas trees provide lots of places for microorganisms to grow and attract other critters that baby salmon can eat before they head out to sea.

I got a lot of positive feedback on the story about turning Christmas trees into salmon habitat.

On Twitter, @Wrest171 said: “I can’t think of a better way to recycle Christmas trees. And so easy.”

And @DrVodnik said: “Recycling trees this way makes so much sense … are there any options for tree donations in the Portland area?”

Indeed, @DrVodnik, there are. The Tualatin Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding two collection events at Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters, 10910 NE Halsey, this Saturday (Jan. 7) and next (Jan. 14) from 10 am to 4 pm. There is a suggested donation of $10. The organization’s blog has more info:

“Instead of chipping the trees into mulch we will transport them to the coast for placement in the streams to provide habitat for the young smolts. The donations will be used to further our restoration projects on the Necanicum and it’s tributaries. “

If you hear of any other collection events, or if you know people who use Christmas trees for habitat projects, get in touch.

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