Recycle your Christmas tree into a fish habitat

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Your Christmas tree could live-on after the holiday’s as a thriving ecosystem in Missouri waterways.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is accepting real, ‘used’ Christmas trees to make fish habitat’s in lakes. That includes in St. Louis County, St. Charles, Lincoln County and more.

Officials say fish enjoy the woody cover that trees provide in water, and draw in smaller fish as a food source. In turn, bigger fish come to the same area, giving the lake’s food chain a boost.

It’s also a bonus to anglers. The tree’s make it easier for fishermen and women to find popular species like largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and crappies.

Typically the Christmas trees are tied to cement blocks in shallow water to stay anchored down and remain accessible/visible for about 5 or 6 weeks. Of course, donors should take off all decorations before dropping off the tree, and avoid cutting it into pieces or breaking off branches.

For a full list of locations in the state where you can drop off a tree before January 6th, or find one in the water after the holiday’s, click here: https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/mdc-seeks-recycled-christmas-trees-benefit-fish-and-anglers-2

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