Discarded Christmas trees make great cover for fish habitat.

The Miles City chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are partnering in a Christmas tree recycling effort at Spotted Eagle Lake. Drop off your used Christmas tree near the lake’s west-end latrine 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 electrofishing 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, or to Caleb Bollman, Region 7 fisheries biologist, at 234-0914 or

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