Recycle your Christmas tree to provide fish habitat

Christmas Tree barge (Source: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources)
Christmas Tree barge (Source: Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KBSI) – The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is welcoming Christmas tree donations from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15.

In a news release Monday, the department said there are 30 drop-off locations statewide for real trees that are free of lights, garland and decoration.

“Fish require more than open water to thrive and real tree’s help replenish the woody cover in lakes and reservoirs that decays over time, leaving fish vulnerable to their surroundings,” said Joseph Zimmerman, habitat program coordinator.

The department says submerged trees will serve several functions for fish and other wildlife, including: places for fish to feed, shelter, and spawn.

Donated trees will be anchored to environmentally-friendly weights and submerged at various depths in lakes and reservoirs across the commonwealth.

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