I’m sure there are plenty of you out there who have not yet rid yourselves of your “holiday tree” because you’re lazy … I mean, because you’re beset by qualms about the eco-consequences of tree disposal. Never fear! The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take your old tree and send it to the fishes.

Cast-off trees are submerged in man-made lakes to create “natural” habitats for fish, including bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. Hee hee, crappie.

The fish are happy, the fisherpeople are happy, the tree-discarders are happy … Awwwwwww. Group hug.

A quick search brought up tree-recycling programs that are still accepting donations in Pennsylvania (PDF), Georgia, Arkansas, and California, and a DNR-funded marsh-restoration program in Louisiana. Search for a tree-recycling program in your area, because c’mon, it’s about time to be getting those Valentine’s Day decorations up.

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