Amphibians throughout the world are threatened with extinction due to disease, climate change and habitat loss, among other serious factors. Now, as a kind of New Year resolution, the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) has assigned itself the lofty goal of protecting each and every unique species.
Nationwide, various agencies and organizations collect used Christmas trees after the holiday and make use of them in ways that include grinding them for garden mulch or building up sand dunes to prevent erosion. In West Virginia, the Department of Environmental Protection will be collecting Christmas trees to make up fish habitat in local lakes. If you live near there, the trees can be turned in Jan. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Capitol Market in Charleston.