Recycling Christmas Trees at Sutton Lake

Published Dec. 20, 2018

HUNTINGTON, W.Va –   Live-cut Christmas trees can be put to good use after the holidays by donating them to the Christmas Tree Recycling Program sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Sutton Lake in Sutton, W.Va.

Residents and merchants with unsold trees can donate them by bringing them to the drop-off locations at the South Abutment Wooden Fishing Pier behind the dam or the Bee Run Launch Ramp. Trees will be accepted through Feb. 2, 2019.

Recycling used trees saves landfill space, helps to protect the environment and improves fish habitat. All trees donated will be used for fish attractor projects at Sutton Lake. The donated trees will be anchored along the Sutton Lake shoreline in the spring while the lake level is low. When the lake returns to returns to summer pool, the submerged trees will serve as artificial reefs, providing enhanced habitat for the fishery and subsequent improved fishing opportunities at Sutton Lake. The trees provide food, shade and shelter for fish. 

To be suitable for fish attractor projects, trees should be free of decorations. Please remove all tinsel, ornaments, lights, garland, stands and plastic bags from the tree. Artificial or flocked trees (with artificial snow) cannot be accepted because they pose a hazard to wildlife. Loose limbs that have been pruned from trees or used for garlands will not be accepted.

For more information or questions regarding the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, call the Sutton Lake Project Office at 304-765-2816, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sutton Lake Project Office

Release no. 18-046