Christmas trees can be ‘recycled’ as bird habitat

CHESTERTOWN — Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society is offering an alternative way to recycle your holiday tree.

Instead of sending trees to a landfill, staff at the CES is asking for donations of your old holiday trees to build extra bird habitat out on the college’s River and Field Campus, a living field lab that fosters environmental projects that are scalable and transferable.

As part of the Natural Lands Project, the trees will be arranged in brushy hedgerows and provide extra cover for the thousands of birds that pass through the surrounding lands each winter.

Donated trees can be brought to Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall at 485 S. Cross St. in Chestertown and placed behind the kayak racks at the end of the driveway to the right of the building. Signage will mark the spot.

Donated trees should have all decorations including ribbon, wire and tinsel removed prior to drop-off.

Trees can be donated now through Monday, Jan. 15.

The habitat build is just a small part of the work the Natural Lands Project conducts restoring buffers and native habitat along the Chester River to help re-establish bobwhite quail and improve water quality.

More information on their work, and that of the Center for Environment & Society, can be found at

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