Local Christmas tree giveaway manages invasive species


For the third year in a row, the Canaan Valley Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a Christmas tree giveaway.

Officials have created a way to cut back a non-native, invasive species from the area and celebrate the holiday with giving.  Officials said the giveaway has been so successful at removing the invasive species they will have to get creative and work with other organizations in order to keep the event going in the future.  

“We want to eliminate them completely off the refuge.  Not only are we taking the small ones down, we are actually taking the larger ones down so they don’t reproduce.  This is not a sustainable Christmas tree giveaway,” said Wildlife Biologist Dawn Washington.

The Scotch pine trees are cut from the refuge and put to a good use during the holidays.  

Residents are invited to the refuge on November 30 and December 1 for pick-up.  

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