Kentucky officials collecting Christmas trees for fish

Kentucky
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FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK/AP) – Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officials are taking donated natural Christmas trees through Jan. 15 to use as fish habitat in lakes.

The agency said in a news release there are 39 drop-off locations in 34 counties, including:

  • Carter County
    • Grayson Lake USACE Emergency Spillway Area
    • West side of Launch Ramp Road near the USACE office
    • Tom Timmerman
    • 606-783-8650
  • Floyd County
    • Eastern District Fisheries Office
    • 2744 Lake Rd, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    • Kevin Frey
    • 606-889-1705
  • Lawrence County
    • Yatesville Lake Fishing Jetty
    • Off Hwy 1185 near the Marina, back of the Fishing Jetty Parking Lot
    • Kevin Frey
    • 606-889-1705
  • Pike County
    • Fishtrap Lake
    • Pompey Br, In back corner of parking near RV campground
    • Kevin Frey
    • 606-889-1705 

Visit https://fw.ky.gov and search for “Christmas” to find the other drop-off locations.

The department said trees must be free of decorations, including lights, ornaments, tinsel and garland.

The trees are bundled to create fish attractors to be submerged in lakes across the state. They provide new cover for all fish and nursery habitat for young fish. They also attract baitfish and algae, providing food for young fish and other organisms.

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