Your Christmas tree can provide value long after the tinsel has faded, as 1990 marks the third year a coalition of campus and community people have worked to make productive mulch of discarded trees.

"Last year the Logan Christmas Tree Recycling Project recycled more than 2,300 trees into mulch," said project coordinator Susan Crook.Crook is supervisor of grounds and landscape services for Utah State University's Physical Plant.

She and Edith Bowen School dissemination specialist Karen Matsumoto-Grah came up with the idea, which has blossomed into a coordinated effort of the City of Logan, Logan City School District, USU, the Logan Urban Forestry Advisory Board, Edith Bowen School and Cache Recycling Coalition.

"New participants this year include Logan Regional Hospital, Cache County Schools, Providence Elementary School and Smithfield's Summit Elementary," Crook said.

"The objectives of the project are to educate people about recycling in general, increase awareness about composting, and involve as many community groups and individuals as possible in the process.

Christmas trees that are dropped off at one of the 10 sites will be chipped into mulch that will be made available free to local residents next spring.

"Christmas trees are so easily recycled. The mulch is slightly acidic and a great groundcover for our area, in gardens and around trees and flowers," she said.

Trees may be left at drop sites from Christmas through January 9, 1991. Sites include the six Logan elementary schools, Providence and Summit elementaries, the northeast corner of the USU stadium parking lot and Logan Regional Hospital.

Crook also asks that donors place the tree on the lawn rather than on paved areas at the drop site so trees don't pick up rocks.

Christmas tree vendors can make arrangements to have crews chip leftover trees on their lots as well by calling Logan Urban Forester Bill Meyer at 750-9400 for an appointment.