Recycle your live Christmas tree

National Forests

The US Forestry Service is presenting six ways to recycle your live tree after the festivities are done. 

  • Soil erosion barrier – Christmas trees make effective sand and soil erosion barriers. 
  • Fish Feeders – Sink your tree into a private lake or pond. They make an excellent refuge and feeding area for fish. 
  • Bird Feeder – Place the Christmas tree in your backyard and offer it as a sanctuary and feeder for birds. 
  • Mulch – Christmas trees are biodegradable, remove the branches and chip them up for mulch. 
  • Paths for hiking trails – Shredded trees make great walking path material for hiking. 
  • Living, rooted trees – If you bought a living tree with roots, plant it in your yard immediately after Christmas. 

More recycling tips and opportunities are available from the National Christmas Tree Association are available by clicking here.

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SNP celebrates National Trails Day

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park is celebrating National Trails Day today.

The annual event, hosted by the American Hiking Society, celebrates not only national scenic and historic trails, but all trails on public lands.

SNP will welcome guests to the visitor center at Big Meadows to share information about what they do.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, head to the visitor center to get involved with a small trail clean up and a fun project.

RSVP is required by contacting

Guests are also welcome to join Ranger Karl on a hike starting at the Stony Man parking lot at 10 am.

Ranger Karl will have interesting facts along the 3.4 mile hike which will take approximately 2.5 hours.

No RSVP is needed for the hike.

To see more information on National Trails Day and Volunteer opportunities, click here.

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Living history at CCBF

cedar creek

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and Civil War Trails Incorporated are hosting the 10th Virginia Living History Weekend from 10 am today until 5 pm on Sunday.

Living historians will have cooking demonstrations, practice drills, talk about the life of an average soldier and try to muster more recruits.

Make sure to stop by the free museum on site to participate in a scavenger hunt for prizes.

Activities will continue throughout both days and the hiking trails and new pavilion will remain open.

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SNP Old Rag Mountain tickets are on sale now

A social post from Shenandoah National Park announced that the day use passes for Old Rag Mountain are available.

A limited number of the passes became available yesterday in an attempt to reduce the impact on Old Rag.

The pilot program is attempting to keep the impact of the natural resources at the site down at the same time improve the visitor’s experience.

Recent years have shown as the hike became more popular Old Rag Mountain was often over run with visitors.

Beginning Mar.1 all visitors to Old Rag Mountain will have to have a ticket to hike the site.

Visit for more information on the requirements on acquiring tickets.

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