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Forest service to accept Christmas trees until Jan. 8

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - The Hoosier National Forest invites Perry Countians and others to turn their old Christmas trees into fish habitat for area lakes and ponds.

When submerged, recycled Christmas trees offer habitat to enhance feeding and cover for a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass, bluegill and other sunfish species. Once submerged, the trees serve as media for the growth of algae. This attracts insects and other invertebrates, which provide food for small fish.

There will be a Christmas-tree drop-off location at the Tell City Ranger Station, 248 15th St. in Tell City, through Jan. 8. Signs will be posted. Ornaments and tinsel should be removed from the trees before dropping them off.

Call the Forest Service at (812) 547-7051 for more information or with questions on the tree-recycling program.