With the Christmas over, usually all the Christmas trees end up in the garbage, but this year, a lot of cities across the country made special programs that could help the environment. In some cities the trees are used for gardening mulch or used to prevent erosion on some beaches. This year though in Virginia, donated Christmas trees will be used as a habitat for fish.
The extremely original idea belonged to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources , to the The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and to the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan from West Virginia. The agencies put a reasonable date for the tree collecting and that is at the beginning of the New Year, so that you will be able to enjoy your Christmas tree long enough. The used trees will be collected in Charleston, at the Capital Market on the second of January, between 10 am and 2 pm.
In order to make sure more people donate their Christmas trees, a contest will take place. Any person who donates a tree is an participant and can win rooms for one night at the Chief Logan State Park, a gift certificate of 25$ for Capitol Market and golf for you and three of your friends at the Canaan Valley Resort . The big prize consists in two days at the Winterplace Ski Resort with ski rental, ski lessons and lift tickets included.
The creative way of ensuring that something good comes out of the immense Christmas tree cutting nationwide was supported by the state’s natural resources and environmental officials. The trees, which are a cheap way to restore fish’ habitat will be used as protection for fish as bass, catfish and crappie. Previous research showed that fish use any underwater structures in order to build their nests around.
Christmas trees are easy to place in lakes and last for many years and their branches offer great lodges for fish. One structure is made out of five trees that are tied together at the bottom and then a weight is attached to them in order to make sure that the tree stays underwater. These are usually placed where the fish still have oxygen, meaning that they are not very deep. The natural reef created by the trees starts from the shore and does deeper and deeper in order to give as many fish as possible the chance to utilize it. The younger fish tend to swim near the surface, whereas the older fish tend to stay in the deeper waters.The new fish habitats will be made in Tygart Lake, Big Ditch Lake, Stonecoal Lake and Burnsville Lake.
Because donated Christmas trees will be used as a habitat for fish in West Virginia, don’t hesitate to donate yours and keep in mind that actions of this kind take place in other cities as well.
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