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Recycle your Christmas Tree Into Fish Habitat

Sunday, December 17, 2017
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Once again the US Army Corps of Engineers at John H. Kerr Reservoir will be accepting used live Christmas Trees until January 31st to be recycled into fish habitat. Designated drop off areas will be located at four Corps boat ramps/day use areas located throughout Mecklenburg County. The four areas that will be accepting trees this year are:

• Visitor Assistance Center by North Bend Park at Kerr Dam
• Rudds Creek Day Use Area, on Highway 58 just outside Boydton
• Longwood Boat Ramp, on Highway 15 South, outside of Clarksville
• Bluestone Boat Ramp, on Highway 15 North, outside of Clarksville

Each of these areas will have designated marked off drop locations.

At the end of January the Corps will take the donated trees, bind them together, and sink them for fish habitat. Some parks already have a marked fishing reef buoy nearby which is where the trees will be placed.

“These trees are some of the best forms of underwater structure. Crappie, bass, bluegills and other fish will often use the trees to congregate in and around,” according to Billy Hoffer, Conservation Biologist at Kerr Reservoir.

Please drop off your Christmas tree, free of decorations, to one of the four locations above so we can keep trees out of our landfills and improve our fishery here at John H. Kerr Reservoir. If you have any questions or concerns about this project feel free to call Billy Hoffer, Conservation Biologist at (434) 738-6143 extension 6159.