Improving Fish Habitats in the Valley

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If you’re wondering what to do with your live Christmas tree, the Vigo County Parks and Rec has an idea.

The department has paired up with non-profit Bass Unlimited to continue restoring lakes in the Wabash Valley.

The live trees act as a source of shelter for fish in the lake, allowing them to further populate and grow.

“That habitat is really needed. So you know when we put this out the fisherman benefit as well and also the fish benefit because again their life cycles increase because they’ve got a place to hide,” said Wil Newlin of Bass Unlimited.

Last Summer the pair sunk spruce trees in Fowler Park for habit reconstruction, and will be checking on the fish populations within a few months.

Trees dropped off at Hawthorn Park will be sunk in the lake, as well as elsewhere at Fowler Park.

“You wanna maintain the fish populations, especially you want to help them grow. The waters of our county parks are a huge attraction and we wanna make sure that they are healthy and thriving with fish,” said National Resource Programmer Laura Maloney.

Sunday January 6th is the last day to drop off your live tree at Hawthorn Park in Terre Haute, be sure to remove all tinsel and ornaments before donating!

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