Help make the Norwalk River a healthier home for trout, turtles, heron and other aquatic animals by donating your Christmas tree to the annual Trees for Trout collection of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Donated trees will be used to help stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion and create refuge habitat. Each summer, volunteers with the Mianus Chapter anchor these pine trees in the river, creating a structure called a “conifer revetment,” which helps trap silt in the river, rebuilds eroded banks and develops a narrower, deeper and cooler river that is better for the fish and wildlife living along the river.

Trees can be dropped off at Merwin Meadows Park on Saturday, Jan. 5 and Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. A $10 suggested donation is recommended.

For more details visit the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited website.

Founded in 1975, the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a grassroots conservation nonprofit organization with more than 3,500 members and supporters in the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton and Ridgefield. The chapter works to protect and restore local rivers resources through active restoration projects, education initiatives and public advocacy.