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'Treecycle' program helps wildlife

By Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 26 2013 05:05:23 PM CST
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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

If you had a live Christmas tree this year and you're ready to get rid of it, you can drop it off at the Winged Deer Park Boat Ramp in Johnson City.

It's a part of the 'Treecycle' program. The City of Johnson City and the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency are pairing up to put the trees to good use.

TWRA will place the trees in area lakes to create fish habitats enhancing not only the overall aquatic habitat of our lakes but also fishing opportunities for local anglers. "They stockpile them there, then the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency takes over at that point. They put them in the lake and they create a fish habitat in area lakes. It's not just the lakes here," says Johnson City Assistant Solid Waste Manager Kathy Harsh.

Trees will be accepted for drop-off through Saturday January 18 at the Winged Deer Park Boat Ramp parking lot on Carroll Creek Road.

For those of you who live in Johnson City with regular garbage collection, you can place a tree at the curb for pick-up through January 18.