West Virginia Officials take Christmas Trees for Fish Cover

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia officials are planning to use donated Christmas trees to provide woody cover for fish.

Division of Natural Resources workers have been collecting trees to place in Beech Fork and East Lynn lakes.

District fisheries biologist Jeff Hansbarger told The Charleston Gazette-Mail the trees will be used for fish attractors. He said each district usually collects at least 200 to distribute to district lakes. The trees provide cover for small fish and ambush spots for larger fish.

Workers plan to use a different method of placing the trees. Previously, people have used them for firewood when the trees are exposed by low water levels. This year, the agency plans to slide the trunk through a cinder block and nail wood to the stump to hold it in place.

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