The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allatoona Lake Project Office is accepting Christmas tree donations to be used as part of its Fish Habitat Improvement Program.
“It’s something we’ve been doing for several years, actually,” said Stephen Cain, park ranger.
Trees will be placed in the lake bed near popular recreation and fishing areas, such as Galt’s Ferry and Victoria Day Use, providing new habitats for the fish.
“It’s the structure. Honestly, that’s it. It gives them somewhere to hide and to allude predators, particularly the young fish. They’re small, they’re kind of out there at the mercy of the larger fish,” Cain said.
It doesn’t just benefit the fish, Cain said, but also helps out anglers by concentrating fish.
“We locate the trees typically off of fishing jetties and there’s several of those around the lake, but anywhere small fish congregate the larger fish, they go after them,” Cain said.
Artificial fish habitats are a common practice in fisheries management, Cain said, and can be made out of things such as PVC pipes.
But this project takes a unique twist.
“It’s something that people would typically throw away, put in a landfill, dump in the woods, it gives people an option to get rid of the Christmas tree without littering or putting in a landfill,” Cain said.
Where to recycle:
Lake Allatoona drop-off sites, open until mid-January:
Victoria Day Use
Galt’s Day Use
Sweetwater Campground overflow parking area
Payne Boat Ramp
Blockhouse 1 Fishing Jetty, near Paw Paw’s convenience store
Bethany Bridge Fishing Jetty parking area
Keep Cobb Beautiful drop-off sites, open until Jan. 4:
Lost Mountain Park, 4845 Dallas Highway, Powder Springs
Noonday Creek Park, 489 Hawkins Store Road, Kennesaw
Fullers Park, 3499 Robinson Road, Marietta
Harrison Park, 2650 Shallowford Road, Marietta
Sewell Park, 2085 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
Trees will also be accepted at these Home Depot stores Saturday, Jan. 4, only:
3355 Cobb Parkway, Acworth
1200 East-West Connector, Austell
2350 Dallas Highway, Marietta
4101 Roswell Road NE, Marietta
449 Roberts Court NW, Kennesaw
3605 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta
1062 Richard Sailors Parkway, Powder Springs
1655 Shiloh Road, Kennesaw
2450 Cumberland Parkway SE, Atlanta