Recycle Christmas trees at Spotted Eagle to improve fish habitat
By angelamontana

Posted: December 20, 2019

The Miles City chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have set up a Christmas tree drop-off location at Spotted Eagle Lake. Drop off your used Christmas tree and do your part to improve the local fishery. The trees will be used 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,” said Region 7 Fish Biologist Caleb Bollman.

Questions about the project or tree donation should be directed to Kevin McKoy, Region 7 fisheries technician, at 234-0915 or kmckoy@mt.gov or to Caleb Bollman, Region 7 fisheries biologist, at 234-0914 or cbollman@mt.gov.

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