WALLA WALLA -- Here's a deal. Get rid of that Christmas tree and, at the same time, help a Boy Scout go to camp.
Local Boy Scouts will be gathering Christmas trees Saturday and Sunday as well as taking donations to earn money for scouting activities. A second round of pickups will take place on Jan. 9-10, said Dave Rudie of the Blue Mountain Council.
The trees collected will be taken to the Bennington Lake Wildlife area to be used for animal habitats. Only natural trees can be used for habitat enchancement and trees that have been flocked or painted must be disposed of by other means.
One hundred percent of the donations will go toward helping scouts take part in camps and other activities later this year. Donations by check should be made out to "Troop 305," Rudie said.
The project is being done in coordination with the public works departments of Walla Walla and College Place along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.