Thurmond Lake Accepting Discarded Christmas Trees For Fish Habitat

Photo of discarded real Christmas trees. (Courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Photo of discarded real Christmas trees. (Courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ J. Strom Thurmond Office is offering an eco-friendly alternative to discarding Christmas trees following the holiday season. The office is accepting real – not artificial – trees for recycling from through January 7, 2016.

The recycled trees will be used as fish attractors in Thurmond Lake. Corps rangers and volunteers will place submerged trees around fishing piers to improve fish habitat. Additional trees will be staged at select ramps around the lake to be used by the public.

All decorations to include tinsel, lights, garland, bulbs, etc., must be removed from the trees before dropping them off. The dumping of wireframe wreaths, yard debris, and household trash at the site is prohibited.

The drop off location will be at Riverside Middle School located at 1095 Furys Ferry Road in Evans, Georgia.

Surplus recycled trees will be available for pickup. Anyone wishing to obtain a list of locations should contact the Corps’ Thurmond Lake Office after January 11th.

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Thurmond Lake Project Office at 800-533-3478.

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