SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Springfield area residents who want to off-load their Christmas tree after the holidays can accomplish that task while also providing needed habitat for Missouri wildlife. For the 31st consecutive year, Bass Pro Shops is partnering with the Missouri Department of Conservation to recycle Christmas trees to provide wildlife habitat for rabbits, quail and songbirds. The trees are also used to provide structure and habitat for fish at area lakes and ponds.
Christmas trees will be collected from noon to 6 p.m. each day from Dec. 26, 2017, to Jan. 1, 2018, on the parking lot in front of the Bass Pro Shops Outlet store, 2011 S. Campbell Avenue in Springfield. Trees cannot be dropped off at any other times or at any other Bass Pro Shops properties. In addition, tree stands and decorations must be removed before trees will be accepted.
The Ozarks Trail Council Boy Scouts Wa-Sha-She Lodge Order of the Arrow will manage the collection area by unloading trees and loading trailers. Donations are appreciated with a minimum of $2 per tree suggested. All proceeds go to Scout projects.
“We are very thankful to Bass Pro Shops for giving our Scouts this opportunity to raise money for all their many projects,” said Boy Scout staff advisor Jared Alexander.
After trees are collected and loaded, Bass Pro Shops will haul them to designated wildlife habitat sites at the conservation area. Werner Enterprises donates use of their trailers to haul trees.
Since Bass Pro Shops started this highly successful program back in 1986, more than 270,000 Christmas trees have been recycled into the habitat program.
“We are happy to do our part for this highly successful conservation program that benefits the Boy Scouts, wildlife, hunters, bird watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts,” said Katie Mitchell, Bass Pro Shops communications manager.
Bass Pro Shops has a long track record of investing in programs designed to conserve America’s natural resources, and the company’s work to coordinate its employees, property and resources to collect and recycle Christmas trees is an example of that commitment.