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Corps wants used Christmas trees for state lake

ELK GARDEN, W.Va. -- When the holidays are over and it's time to get rid of that Christmas tree, consider donating it to the fish in Jennings Randolph Lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says live trees make great structures for fish in the lake near Elk Garden.

Starting Jan. 2, the corps will accept trees that it says will help improve shoreline fishing and overall fish habitat.

Park ranger Tom Craig says trees help build nursery habitat for juvenile fish and are beneficial to aquatic insects that most species feed on.

A trailer will be set up at the West Virginia Overlook gate about 2 miles from the park entrance off W.Va. 46.

People can donate trees from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 31. Just be sure to remove decorations.


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