The state is providing a useful way for West Virginians to dispose of their Christmas trees.
The Department of Environmental Protection will collect trees and sink them in four West Virginia lakes to provide fish habitat. The Register-Herald reports that the department’s ninth annual Christmas tree recycling event is set for Jan. 4 at the Capitol Market in downtown Charleston.
According to the department, thousands of trees have been put in lakes across West Virginia to give fish a safe place to reproduce. Warmwater Fisheries Management assistant chief Bret Preston says the sunken trees also provide hiding places for small fish and attract bigger game fish for fishermen.
The trees will be placed in Beech Fork, Burnsville, Stonewall Jackson and Summersville lakes.