Christmas trees were piling up Wednesday at Riverside Middle School, where the Army Corps of Engineers collects them each year for its fish habitat programs at Thurmond Lake.
The school dropoff site at 1095 Furys Ferry Road in Evans will be open through Jan. 9, after which the trees will be trucked to the lake, bound in groups and submerged to form underwater fish attractors.
Some trees can also be used in forested areas to create thick cover and nesting areas to enhance birds and wildlife.
Corps rangers and volunteers will place the bundled Christmas trees around fishing piers and in other
locations, and additional trees will be left at boat ramps around the lake for anglers.
For a list of locations where trees will be available, call the Corps’ Office at (800) 533-3478 after Jan. 10.
Trees left at the site must be free of all decorations.
Other tree dropoff and recycling options include the Jan. 5 “Bring one for the Chipper” program at the Home Depot store at 520 N. Belair Road, Evans.
Trees will be ground into mulch by Georgia Power Co. crews from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and participants can take home free mulch.
Trees also can be dropped off before the event at the Columbia County Recycling Center, 1960 William Few Parkway, in Grovetown.