USACE Wants to Recycle Your Christmas Tree as Fish Cover

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. -- Christmas trees don't have to go in the trash after Christmas. After the holidays, complete your gift giving by donating your tree to the fish in Greers Ferry Lake.

The Corps will use donated trees to create fish habitat in the lake by placing fish shelters made of bundles of Christmas trees. To donate your tree drop it off from Dec. 26 until Jan. 15 at Sandy Beach boat ramp in Heber Springs, Devils Fork Park's new high-water boat ramp in the Greers Ferry/Fairfield Bay area, or Choctaw Park's boat ramp in the Clinton area. Please do not block access to the ramps for those folks wanting to launch boats.

We will only use real trees, not artificial ones, to make fish shelters. Please remove all tinsel and ornaments to protect aquatic life. Local businesses, with leftover trees, are welcome to drop off their trees as well. Take advantage of this opportunity to improve fish habitat and provide better sport fishing opportunities at our lake.

Volunteers are welcome to help drop the trees into the lake. For more information, call Park Ranger Jason Presley at the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-340-1905.

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