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Riverside Christmas trees recycled into fish homes

A story from the Sacramento Bee shows how recycling Christmas trees can help create fish refuges.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- A Riverside County program will recycle Christmas trees into fish habitats instead of tossing them into landfills, where space is valuable and limited.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise ( http://bit.ly/tbRnUg) has published a list of recycling centers where trees can be dropped off for free during two weeks after Christmas.
The state department of fish and game will use the conifers in local lakes and waterways to create a protective habitat for small fish, so they aren't overfished by larger predators.
To prepare a tree for recycling, decorations, tinsels, lights and tree stands must be removed.
Flocked trees cannot be recycled.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/12/25/4145464/riverside-christmas-trees-recycled.html#storylink=cpy







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Comments (5 posted):

Rip Tide on 27/12/2011 17:52:53
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I've done this before for a more selfish reason than recycling. You can do yourself a favor and create fish holding cover by leaving trees on the ice and marking their location for future reference. Only you will know where the new "hot spot" is :secret:
fire instructor on 27/12/2011 22:18:03
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Because of surface to mass ratio, and because of weight of equal volume of "tree" to water, I would have presumed that a Christmas tree would float , or at least maintain some bouyancy when the ice goes out... At least until it gets completely waterlogged and sinks, but by then, what guarantee is there that it will be in the same location? Am I wrong, or what am I missing??? Are you attaching a weight to sink the tree?
swirlchaser on 27/12/2011 23:30:05
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Because of surface to mass ratio, and because of weight of equal volume of "tree" to water, I would have presumed that a Christmas tree would float , or at least maintain some bouyancy when the ice goes out... At least until it gets completely waterlogged and sinks, but by then, what guarantee is there that it will be in the same location? Am I wrong, or what am I missing??? Are you attaching a weight to sink the tree? They actually sink. We did the same at the local boyscout camp last year. The boys mapped their tree by using three points of visual reference and went back to fish "their" spot in the spring. By the time we dumped the trees they were so dried out they were basically logs and sank right to the bottom.
littledavid123 on 27/12/2011 23:30:11
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Tree dropping around here is usually done under cover of darkness unless you want everyone to know where your private honey hole is. :secret: Dave
fire instructor on 28/12/2011 02:13:27
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They actually sink. Learn something new every day! Like I said during tonight's training session at a local FD, "Make every day a training day!".
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