Dyersburg man recycles Christmas trees back into the wild

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DYERSBURG, Tenn. — A Dyersburg resident is returning old Christmas trees to the wild by using them to provide wildlife habitats. Kevin Griffith said he started the program four years ago. Now, hundreds of previously used Christmas trees sit at the bottom of Lake Fyrne. Griffith said through collaboration with the community of Dyersburg, an underwater forest has been created for the fish population, which was previously struggling. “What’s close to my heart is having natural places that people can escape to and really get close to it,” Griffith said. Griffith said the trees, which otherwise would have ended up at the city dump, now are helping the environment and the sport of fishing. “Where they’re at, and you can find them, it helps out quite a bit,” fisherman Thomas Hall said. Griffith said any steps toward helping the environment is worth the work.

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