Second Life for Christmas Trees

Zoie Clift
travelarkansas@gmail.com
 
Wondering what to do
with your Christmas tree post holidays? How about donate it for fish habitat?  Via the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission, a tree drop- off program is under way at several sites across the
state. The commission is hoping the program can help improve the state’s fisheries.
 
Studies have shown
that fish use structure for cover. “These trees are some of the best natural
forms of underwater structure,” said AGFC community fisheries biologist Clifton
Jackson via a news release.  “Crappie, bass, bluegills and other fish
will often use the tress to hide in and around.”
 
The Christmas trees
provide high-quality underwater structures, are easy to place in ponds and
lakes, and they last for several years.  “More importantly their limbs offer something to fish of all
shapes and sizes,” Jackson said. The Christmas tree drop-off is under way and
runs through Jan. 23.

Trees can be dropped
off at the following locations:

Lake
Hamilton – Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area.

Lake
Chicot – Connerly Bayou Access Area.

Camden
- AGFC Regional Office on Ben Lane. Bragg Lake and Upper Jack’s Landing on
Upper White Oak Lake.

Magnolia
- Columbia County Road Dept Yard on Highway 371.

El
Dorado – City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby’s and one on South
Jackson.

Smackover
- recycling drop-off center (these will be transported to El Dorado).

Millwood
Lake – Cottonshed, White Cliffs Recreation Areas and the Millwood State Park
ramp on the point.

Dierks
Lake – Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area.

DeQueen
Lake – Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp.

Gillham
Lake – Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp.

Lake
Greeson – New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek Recreation Areas.

Arkansas
River – Verizon Access underneath the I-30 Bridge in North Little Rock.

Greers
Ferry Lake – Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and
Choctaw Recreation Area 

Dardanelle
Lake – Dwight Mission Access, Highway 64/Piney Access, Cabin Creek Slough
Access.

Jack
Nolen Lake- Largest access ramp on rip-rap near ramp.

Sugar
Loaf Lake – Sugar Loaf Access Area near ramps.

Lake
Conway – Lawrence Landing Access.

Harris
Brake Lake – Chittman Hill Access.

Lake
Overcup – Lake Overcup Landing.

Lake
Barnett – Reed Access.

Jonesboro
- Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp.

 

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