How your recycled Christmas trees are helping California fish habitats

(FOX40.COM) — If you’ve ever wondered where those recycled Christmas trees go after they are recycled, well it turns out they are down with the fishes.

The California Conservation Corps and the Department of Fish and Wildlife recently completed construction of a new fish habitat structure near Lake Oroville and Thermalito Afterbay using over 1,000 recycled Christmas trees.

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Local Boy Scouts from Chico Boy Scout Troop 2 collected the trees and had them delivered to Oroville, free of charge, by Recology.

Not only is this a very ecologically conscious project, but it is also supporting one of the longest continuously running warmwater fish habitat improvement programs in California.

For 30 years now, DWR has been constructing fish habitat structures along California’s waterways with the help of local groups.

To create these habitats, teams bundle the recycled trees and anchor them in locations around the lakebed.

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Near Saddle Dam Recreation Area, 29 structures were built using 625 trees. In Thermalito Afterbay, 426 trees were used to build 42 structures.

By anchoring the structures, they can be available when water levels rise or fall around the lake.

“Anchoring the trees allows them to remain submerged when the water levels rise, providing juvenile fish safe refuge and improving fish populations,” DWR wrote in a news release. “When water levels drop the structures then provide habitat for native animals.”

Lake Oroville is the largest reservoir in the State Water Project and the second largest reservoir in the State of California with the ability to deliver water needs to 27 million California residents.

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