Recycle Christmas Trees to benefit Fish Habitat at Ocean Lake

For the 28th year, Fremont County families can help improve fish habitat at Ocean Lake by donating their live Christmas Trees to the Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District. The District will accept Christmas trees, at no cost, from now until January 30th at the Lander Landfill, Riverton Bale Facility and Dubois Landfill. Please remove all ornaments, tinsel and lights from the tree beforehand. There have been approximately 10,500 Christmas trees collected and placed in Ocean Lake in the past 27 years to provide shelter for small fish from predator fish. The District, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), and Inberg-Miller Engineering make this habitat enhancement project possible every year. A group of fishermen started the effort with just a few trees, and when one of that original group, Gary Gatenbein, passed away, the effort was made a memorial to him. [image: Inline image 1] *Cinder blocks and donated trees are hauled onto the ice by an ATV and trailer. (WGFD / Pitchengine Communities)* The trees are tied together in groups of a dozen and weighted down with cinder blocks off of Longs Point on Ocean Lake. When the ice melts, the trees fall to the bottom of the lake and create fish habitat. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday, January 30th. For directions to the collection locations and information on volunteering, visit [image: Inline image 2] *Volunteers tied the trees onto cinder blocks in this file photo. (Pitchengine Communities) * *Feature Photo: Donated live and weighted Christmas trees stacked on the ice at Ocean Lake. The trees will fall to the bottom of the lake when the