Don’t let your Christmas tree go to waste this year after the holidays. You can extend your tree’s life by donating it for Fish Habitat Improvement Day at Lake Shelbyville.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will place the discarded trees into Lake Shelbyville to enhance the fisheries for years to come. Donated Christmas trees are bundled together in small groups and submerged in the lake at select locations. These structures provide fish with breeding areas and escape cover, proving invaluable to not only the fisheries but to anglers as well. New trees are added to sites each year to maintain suitable cover. Trees will be collected in Shelbyville and Sullivan again this year. The designated collection site in Sullivan is at Howy’s Lake Side Gas Station south of Sullivan on route 32. Trees can be dropped off inside the snow fence area on the north side of the building. In Shelbyville, the designated collection site is at the Johnstown Mall on the West side of Shelbyville. Trees are to be placed inside the snow fence area on the grass at the Northwest corner of the parking area.
Trees will be collected at both sites from December 26, 2015 through February 15, 2016. Before delivering your tree to either of the designated collection sites remove the stand, tinsel and any ornaments. If you have placed a plastic bag on your tree, remove it before leaving the tree. People are asked to not leave any other kind of tree trimmings, wreaths, flowers or yard waste at the sites. For more information on this fish habitat project, contact Ashley Florey at (217) 774-3951, ext 7005.