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Christmas Trees Repurposed as Protection for Fishies

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When you think of recycling your Christmas tree, perhaps you don't first think of how it might help out your local water-dwelling creatures. But if so, you are remiss; this year, the Riverside County Waste Management Department and the California Department of Fish and Game are working together to turn your former ornament-hanger into a habitat for small fish.

The Press-Enterprise reports
that the trees can be used to protect the ocean life from larger, predatory fish. NBC Los Angeles adds that the set-up also prevents the little guys from being overfished.

It's not clear exactly how this protective dwelling will be constructed -- like a fort? Made out of branches? -- but it does sound like a happy next chapter in life for your yuletide flora.