Think of it as the last Christmas present.
But for the fishes.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is again asking people to donate their used, live Christmas trees to the state’s waterways as they make excellent habitats for fish.
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What you shouldn’t do, is burn the tree in your fireplace, said Tamara Walkingstick with the University of Arkansas Extension Service. Her advice was, “when it’s ready to come down, recycle it in your yard or pond.”
You can also put out your Christmas tree on the curb ““on your yard waste day” if you live in Maumelle or North Little Rock.
All decorations should be removed and unwanted lights, even those not working, can be taken to any Goodwill, where they will be recycled.
For more information in Maumelle, call 501-851-2888, while those in North Little Rock can call 371-8430.
The best, and certainly the funnest, is sinking that tree to the bottom of an Arkansas stream or river or lake.
Game and Fish said, “the small spaces and dense cover offered by fresh Christmas trees make excellent nursery habitat for small fish as well as great places to fish.”
So you can drop off the tree at the locations listed below or, if you fish, you can make your own spot by sinking a tree yourself with either cinder blocks or sandbags, that will deteriorate underwater but, by then, the tree will be waterlogged and will then stay sunk.
Again, the decorations should be removed before doing either option and this only applies to fresh trees as artificial trees won’t work as a fish habitat.
Trees can be dropped off at any of the following central Arkansas locations until the end of January:
Arkansas River – Riverview Park Access in North Little Rock
Lake Barnett – Reed Access
Lake Conway – Lawrence Landing Access
Greers Ferry Lake – Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton)
Harris Brake Lake – Chittman Hill Access
Lake Pickthorne – Holland Bottoms Access
Lake Overcup – Lake Overcup Landing
Cox Creek Lake – Cox Creek Lake Public Access
Lake Hamilton – Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area
Jack Nolen – Boat Ramp Access at Fire Station
Sugar Loaf Lake – Boat Ramp Access