|Wednesday What\'s New: Trees for Fish|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Tuesday, 09 January 2007|
Not only are discarded Christmas trees recycled to make mulch in Montana, they are recruited to create nesting habitats for perch to lay their eggs in. Perch eggs after they hatch, are a source of food for the walleye that live in the lake.
With the approval of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the local chapter of Gallatin/Madison Walleyes Unlimited has taken it upon themselves to collect the 1,000 trees and transport them to a nearby lake where a hole is drilled in the trunks and a cable is threaded through them. The cables are attached to cinder blocks and the trees are sunk to the bottom of the lake at a depth of 40 feet.
The goal of the Christmas tree habitat project is to increase the number and size of the walleye that live in the lake by increasing the amount of food available for them to feed on. No one seems to know whether the new habitat created on the lake bottom is effective or not but the group has been carrying out this activity annually for the past 12 years or so. Definitely a novel way to recycle those discarded Christmas trees!
Source: Old Christmas trees to become fish habitat