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Christmas Tree Collection for Fish Habitat

Tue Dec 31 09:47:00 MST 2013

Fishing - Region 7

MILES CITY--The Miles City chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has set up a Christmas tree drop off location at Spotted Eagle Recreation Area. Miles City residents are encouraged to drop off their used, real Christmas trees between December 26, 2013 and February 15, 2014. The trees will be bundled and strategically placed in the spring to provide fish habitat. Submerged and anchored trees increase habitat complexity, provide hiding cover for juvenile fish and nesting cover for some species of adult fish. “This Christmas tree project has been an ongoing activity at Spotted Eagle and we see the fish using the structure when we conduct electro fishing surveys on the pond.” reported fish biologist Caleb Bollman.
Questions about the project or tree donation should be directed to Dennis Schroeder of Walleyes Unlimited at 234-2643 or Kevin McKoy, Region 7 Fisheries Technician at 234-0915 or kmckoy@mt.gov.

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