Riverside County mulls use of discarded Christmas trees to secure fish habitat

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County supervisors today will consider whether to give all the Christmas trees collected this year by the county for recycling to a state program aimed at securing fish habitat.

The county’s Department of Waste Management expects to collect around two tons of discarded trees in the post-holiday season and wants to turn the load over to the California Department of Fish and Game.

According to county officials, the DFG is attempting to fortify Lakes Elsinore, Gregory, Hemet and Perris to preserve small fish populations by protecting them from larger predatory fish.

”Trees are sunk to a depth of 10 to 15 feet in lakes that have very little vegetation to provide a place for the smaller fish to hide,” according to a waste management document. ”Each tee is drilled at the base, and a rope is tied to a concrete block weight and then sunk.”

State officials expressed an interest in taking all the trees that the county cares to spare.

Every Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, the county operates a recycling program in which discarded trees collected by waste management at curbsides and at the Lamb Canyon and Badlands landfills are transported to a green waste processing facility for recycling.

If a majority of the Board of Supervisors approves, the state will receive the deadwood instead.

One Response to "Riverside County mulls use of discarded Christmas trees to secure fish habitat"

  1. 3 year home owner in Fallbrook.   November 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I am having a hard time understanding what the big deal is. How many trees could they possibly want to sink? The lost money from grinding up the trees couldn’t be as important as the bigger healthy fish in a lake. Could people bring the trees to the lake on there own?


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