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Recycle Your Real Christmas Trees

For those of you who decorate with real Christmas trees during the holidays, did you know you have a valuable conservation asset that can have a positive impact well beyond the holidays?

By “recycling” your real Christmas trees through the annual Christmas tree collection program, area residents can improve fish habitat in the City’s lakes in the Recreation Complex and R.S. Matthews Park, and the Corps of Engineers’ Lake Wappapello.

The City of Sikeston Park Division, with assistance from Pullen Brothers, Inc., is collecting real Christmas trees again this year for use as fish shelters in the City’s two public fishing lakes and at Lake Wappapello.

Beginning Wednesday, December 26 and continuing through Wednesday, January 9, local residents may take their real Christmas trees to the designated collection site on Airport Drive behind the old Chamber of Commerce building.  On Thursday, January 10, Park Division employees will load the trees collected on to a trailer provided by Pullen Brothers, Inc. for transport to the Corps of Engineers at Lake Wappapello.  If enough trees are collected, a portion of the trees will be taken to the City’s two lakes in the Recreation Complex and R.S. Matthews Park where they will be bundled in small groups to be submerged in the lakes for fish shelters.        The past four years response from the public has been down with not enough trees being collected to create fish shelters for all the lakes.  Area residents are encouraged to continue their support of this conservation effort to continue to improve fishing conditions in the area’s lakes.  For more information on the Christmas tree drop-off site and program, contact Jiggs Moore at 475-3725.       

The fish shelter program affords area residents an opportunity to dispose of their real Christmas trees in an ecologically sound manner, and at the same time enhance fishing opportunities for fishermen at our local lakes.  The shelters created by the submerged bundles of Christmas trees provide fish with breeding areas and resting places.  They also provide young fish safe living space where they can feed without being preyed upon by larger fish.  With this protective environment, fish have a better chance to grow to maturity and provide a good fishing experience for anglers.  New trees are added to selected shelters each year to maintain their usefulness as cover.           
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