Help create habitat for fish while disposing of old, cut Christmas trees this season through Kentucky Fish and Wildlife’s Christmas for the Fishes program.
The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will accept natural Christmas trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 15 at 39 drop-off locations in 34 counties. Trees must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations.
There is a not a drop site locally, according to Daviess County Fish and Game Association who posted on Facebook to “please remember for those that put up real Christmas trees, we DO NOT allow them to be disposed in our lake after you take them down.” Daviess County residents can, however, head south to the Northwest District Fisheries Office in McLean County to recycle their trees. The office is located at 1398 Kentucky 81 in Calhoun. Contact Rob Rold 270-273-3117 for more information.
Fisheries personnel collect the donated trees and bundle them to create fish attractors that will be submerged in lakes across the state. These brush reefs provide new cover for all fish and nursery habitat for young fish. They also attract bait fish and algae, providing food for young fish and other aquatic organisms.
These Christmas tree reefs provide new life to lakes whose cover is dwindling because of natural degeneration of existing woody habitat. The program truly does provide Christmas for Kentucky’s fishes.
Click this video link to see the program in action.
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employees build new habitat in lakes year-round. The department plots these locations using Global Position System (GPS) coordinates so anglers can find them.
Locations and detailed information are available on the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website by searching under the keywords, “fish attractors.”