The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is taking natural Christmas trees to recycle for fish cover in lakes across the state.
After the trees are taken down, the agency will take them at more than 30 drop-off locations across the state through Jan. 15. Lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any other decorations must be removed first.
Information on the recycling sites is at http://fw.ky.gov/fish/pages/Xmas_Tree_Recycling.aspx .
Donated trees are bundled to create fish attractors that will be submerged in lakes, providing nursery habitat for young fish and cover for larger fish. The agency says the brush cover also attracts baitfish and algae, providing food for young fish and other aquatic organisms.