Christmas trees provide new habitat for fish in Lake Harding

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The next time you’re out on lake harding, you may see a large number of evergreen trees floating in the water.
  
“It’s good for the fish because reservoirs like Lake Harding that are built on a river dont’s have a lot of structure on the bottom for fish to use for shelter,” Henry Jackson, Executive Director of Chattahoochee River Conservancy. 
  
The Chattahoochee River Conservancy is in partnership with Georgia Power, The dDepartment of Natural Resources of Georgia and Alabama . 

After the holidays a large number of Christmas trees are usually tossed at a landfill, but that’s when organizers decided to get creative, giving thousands of fish a proper home. 
 
“We collected the trees mostly through word of mouth so Southern Roots Lawn Care brought brought us about 100 trees and the rest just kind of came from all over town,”

All hands were on deck as volunteers hauled all the trees near the boat ramp. 
 
“We tied them up to some cinder blocks and that helped the trees stay to the bottom of those areas,” says Sarah Baker, Auburn University volunteer.
  
It was a hands-on project that taught many young students on how to become anglers.
  
“It helps me with learning how to fish, work and everything and setting them up to help us catch more fish,” says Ethan Griffin, Harris County High School fishing volunteer.
  
“We got new habitats up now we got new places to fish, different depths so it’s real good for that,” Hunter Simmons, Harris County High School fishing volunteer. 
 
With over 300 Christmas tress collected and dozens of volunteers pitching in for a good cause, Jackson says he’s hopeful this can be an annual event.
 
“We will be collecting trees after the holidays next year and we will be out here again right after the holidays and we’ll be building more habitat,” says Jackson.

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