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(Mountain Home) – What do you do with the Christmas tree when you’re done with the holidays? Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers urge people with natural trees to donate them for fish cover on Bull Shoals or Norfork Lakes.

Many local anglers use these discarded Christmas trees to sink to provided improved fish habitat.

People who wish to donate their tress can take them to any Corps of Engineers boat ramp of Norfork or Bull Shoals Lakes and deposit them to the side, being careful not to block the ramp and parking areas. The trees will then be available for anyone interested in using them to provided shelter for fish, and serve as attractors for recreational fishing. Anyone wanting to use the tree is welcome to pick them up to sink as fish covers. Any unclaimed trees will be sunk by Corps of Engineers personnel at a later date.

Officials stress that all trees must be real, and must be free of ornaments and tinsel to prevent harm to fish.

If you have any questions regarding the program, contact Natural Resource Specialist Ty Fowler by calling 870-425-2700 ext. 1433.

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