Gifts that keep on giving
by Nikki Wiley
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Greg Potthast of Kennesaw makes his third trip in three years to Noonday Creek Park in Kennesaw on Friday to drop off his family’s Christmas tree for recycling. The program is sponsored by Keep Cobb Beautiful, Cobb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Departments, Davey Tree, The Home Depot and Cobb EMC at local park drop-off spots around the county. <br> Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Greg Potthast of Kennesaw makes his third trip in three years to Noonday Creek Park in Kennesaw on Friday to drop off his family’s Christmas tree for recycling. The program is sponsored by Keep Cobb Beautiful, Cobb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Departments, Davey Tree, The Home Depot and Cobb EMC at local park drop-off spots around the county.
Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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Cobb County Parks Department employee Rusty Simpson drops off his family’s Christmas tree for recycling Friday at Noonday Creek Park.
Cobb County Parks Department employee Rusty Simpson drops off his family’s Christmas tree for recycling Friday at Noonday Creek Park.
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LAKE ALLATOONA — Dying Christmas trees can give Lake Allatoona’s fish new life through a tree-recycling program.

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

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