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Forsyth County News
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If it’s wood chips you want, Forsyth County’s got them.

Tammy Wright, director of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, said the county’s mulch yard is piled high.

Residents who want wood chips for nature trails, landscape beds or to cover exposed areas of dirt in their yards can come by and load up.

Wright said the mulch yard, which is across from Georgia State Patrol Post 37 on County Way in north Forsyth, is open all day. Residents must bring their own wheel barrows and trucks to load up.

The free chips are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The makeup of the mulch varies. Some of it comes from trees the county clears from roads and other areas, but much of it came from the organization’s “Bring one for the Chipper” Christmas tree recycling program.

Residents recycled 5,583 trees this year, which was down from 2008’s 7,170. Wright attributed the drop to “economic factors and several other variables ... the sales of real trees are on the decline.”

Wright said the Christmas tree mulch is highly desired “because of its nice scent.”

She encouraged residents to “come to the mulch yard anytime ... we try to have some mulch out there on an ongoing basis.”

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful is a county department that oversees recycling, among other environmentally-minded duties.