What species of tree is native to or might grow well in your area?  Although you may have snow in your yard right now, consider buying a living tree to decorate your house inside this holiday season.  Your local landscaping or nursery business should be able to direct you to an appropriate species and tell how to care for it inside, and then how to plant the root ball outside after the holidays are over so you can enjoy it for the long run.  Be sure to pick a species that will benefit the birds as well, that will, as it grows, provide cover, nesting sites, and a food source (perhaps with berries).  This simple action will spare the need for harvesters to cut more from the forest or producers to grow more in sterile tree farms.

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