Recycled Christmas trees to be used for Rend Lake fish habitat

Not sure what you’ll do with your live Christmas tree after the holiday season ends? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake wants to use it to improve the habitat for fish. 

The Corps of Engineers says donated trees will be bundled together to make underwater fish structures that will providing feeding areas for fish of all sizes, refuge for small fish, and excellent fishing spots for anglers.

Live Christmas trees can be dropped off at any of the following three Rend Lake boat ramps or parking lot locations:

  • The Sugar Creek parking lot at the intersection of Licata and Mine 21 roads
  • The Dam West boat ramp on the west end of the main dam
  • The Jackie Branch boat ramp, located north of Route 154 across from the Barren Township building.

Christmas trees will be accepted at those locations until Jan. 16.

Christmas trees may be recycled at the following Mt. Vernon locations:

  • The Veterans Park women’s softball field on Forest Avenue
  • The Optimist Park at 903 Pace Avenue
  • Airport Park at 1101 Airport Road.

Trees can be dropped at those locations until Jan. 8, 2016.

Artificial or trees and trees with artificial snow cannot be accepted. Corps of Engineers Park Rangers ask that you remove all decorations, tinsel, stands, and plastic bags before you drop off your tree.

The Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and other volunteers will team up in mid- to late-March to drop the trees into the lake. The date for the 2016 tree drop into the lake has tentatively been set for March 9. Volunteers and outdoor organizations interested in helping with the Christmas tree drop can contact Park Ranger Tim Bischoff at the Rend Lake Project Office at 618-724-2493. 

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