Keep Georgia Beautiful. Your Christmas trees could help support aquatic life in Lake Allatoona by becoming fish habitat. The idea behind using the trees as “fish habitat” is to support the state “yard trimmings disposal ban, aside from the fact 4.8 million trees have been used for fish homes in lakes in ponds since 1991.
Fish habitat program
Georgia Forestry Commision. Many manmade waters lack natural structure for fish to use as their home. Structural features are important to the ecosystem to provide fish cover from the hot sun, predators and as a spawning habitat. Without hiding places smaller fish are at risk from being reduced to smaller numbers. Christmas trees, fallen trees, are perfect for a fish habitat. Natural trees, not treated wood.
Structure attracts fish from an angler’s perspective
Smaller fish are looking for cover and prey fish need a location to look for their meals. This spells good fishing for the angler who know where the structure are and because most game fish are predatory fish. Shoreline trees that fall into the water can be left to lay for turtles and birds to rest and make their homes in the part of the tree that does not lay submerged.
Christmas trees as submerged structure
Evergreen trees make the best homemade fish habitat structure when attached to concrete block and submerged. Cinder blocks disintegrate too quickly. Evergreen trees disintegrate and add more nutrients to the water and attract large numbers of fish to them.
1. Bartow County, Lake Allatoona Phone 770-387-5167 for more information on where to take your trees . Allatooona Fish Attractor Maps http://www.georgiawildlife.com/node/208
2. Lake Hartwell Phone 1-888-893-0678
3. Atlanta, Home Depot 2525 Piedmont rd. NE Atlanta, GA is taking trees to be “chipped” for playgrounds and mulch until January 12, 2013.
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