What to do with that tree now?

What to do with a dying Christmas tree after the holiday?

Drop it off on Oak Street.

For 24 years, the City of Warren, the Allegheny National Forest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Kinzua Fish and Wildlife Association have partnered to take discarded Christmas trees off the hands of residents and place them in the Allegheny Reservoir.

Once placed, trees provide habitat for smaller bait fish, increasing their numbers throughout the reservoir, which in turn increases the population of sport fish from muskie to walleye.

Thousands of trees have been placed in the reservoir over the past two decades. Trees, once placed, last around four to six years. The trees are weighted by cement blocks and provide not only shelter but sometimes food for fish. They are particularly effective at sheltering yellow perch.

While the city does not pick up trees curbside, said Director of Public Works Mike Holtz, they do encourage residents to take their trees to the collection point, which is in the parking lot adjacent to the Warren Municipal Pool downtown.

“It’s a nice service,” said Holtz. “We’re happy to provide it. It’s good for the environment. It’s great for the fish.” There are usually around 200 trees gathered each year, said Holtz.

Anyone looking to participate in the tree collection program this year can drop their tree off in the lot until Jan. 31, 2018, said Holtz. He added that all decorations must be removed, including things like tinsel and icicle type decorations.