A group of Oregon fishermen is turning Christmas trees into salmon habitat and they want your trees.
Many of us recycle our Christmas trees after the holidays. Now, there’s a new way to do that.
Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited collected hundreds of used Christmas trees last year and placed them in the Necanicum River on Oregon's north coast.
“It was almost like the fish were looking for that to happen because they started utilizing the material almost right away,” said Michael Ellis, the group’s conservation director.
The trees fill the river with woody debris, offering young salmon much-needed protection from predators.
“These little guys can just go into the Christmas tree ball and hang out there for six months and eat... and their food's there and their habitat's there,” explained Ellis.
This year, the group hopes to collect several thousand Christmas trees.
It's something fisherman Jay Spassov already plans to do.
“Our streams need to be healthy environments for the juvenile fish, so I heard about this and I want to help a little bit,” said Spassov.
The group says they hope to expand the program to rivers in the Cascades as well rivers like the Sandy or Clackamas.
A $10 donation is suggested.