Christmas Trees Turned Fish Habitat

GLASGOW – Christmas trees sold this year by Glasgow Area Boy Scout Troop 861’s will not only be adorned with ornaments, but also turned into fish habitat.

Lane Thompson, a member of Troop 861, and Fish, Wildlife & Parks fisheries staff are asking folks to return their trees after Christmas with the intention to use these discarded trees as artificial fish habitat. Returned trees will be bundled and placed on the ice at the Fort Peck Trout Pond later this winter, where they will remain until melting causes them to fall through and settle to the bottom.

Jared Krebs, Glasgow-area fisheries biologist said, “the goal of these tree bundles is to improve and increase fish habitat availability in the Trout Pond and ultimately improve the fishery,”

Both Thompson and FWP staff are asking that trees be returned to the Glasgow fairgrounds following the holidays, and all trees are free of flocking, tinsel, and other artificial decorations prior to return. All natural trees that are clean of decorations are welcome and can be donated.

Any questions about this project can be directed to Krebs via email or phone at or 406-808-7068.

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