Kentucky collects Christmas trees for fish habitat in lakes

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will collect natural Christmas trees starting Thursday to provide food and protection for fish in lakes throughout the state.

The agency will collect the trees at 39 drop-off sites until mid-January. Donated trees must be free of all lights, tinsel, ornaments and other decorations. Limbs, wreaths or other brush are not encouraged.

“Instead of your tree going to a landfill, it can be recycled into something that directly helps our fish and wildlife,” said Joseph Zimmerman, habitat program coordinator for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife receives about 3,000 donated trees each year, resulting in anglers reporting higher catch rates for crappie and bass, the agency said.

With many of the state’s lakes more than 50 years old, natural woody debris has broken down naturally.

Christmas trees are among the fish attractors found in lakes across the state. GPS coordinates of each location are available online.

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