FRANKFORT -- Repurposing your used, cut Christmas trees helps give Kentucky's underwater inhabitants new homes after the holiday season ends.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is collecting natural Christmas trees at 39 drop-off locations across the state for its Christmas for the Fishes program. Collection continues until mid-January.

Donated trees must be free of all lights, tinsel, ornaments and any other decorations. Limbs, wreaths or other brush are not encouraged.

To find the closest drop-off location, visit fw.ky.gov and search using "Christmas." Drop-off sites are generally open during daylight hours and are not staffed.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff will bundle trees to place in lakes throughout the state to provide fish attractors.

This practice not only gives use to discarded Christmas trees, but it also adds food sources and protective cover for Kentucky's aquatic species.