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Residents can donate trees to fish habitat

Dec 28, 2012 - From staff reports

Fremont County residents don't have to let their Christmas trees go to waste after the holidays. They can drop them off to be used as fish habitat again.

Each January, area anglers collect Christmas trees and sink them to the bottom of Ocean Lake to create a better habitat for walleye, crappie and yellow perch.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries biologist Paul Gerrity says the trees give the fish a place to forage or hide from predators in a lake whose bottom is otherwise pretty flat.

Residents can drop off live, undecorated old Christmas trees at the Lander and Dubois landfills or the Riverton bale station.

Trees should be stripped of all artificial decorations before being donated. Only natural trees are accepted for the program.

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