Christmas Tree Recycling Program

February 2018
By kaylavoss
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is seeking volunteers to assist with the annual spring Christmas tree recycling/fish habitat improvement project being held Saturday, March 24, 2018. 

The Corps has collected over 1,000 Christmas trees that were discarded after the holiday season.  These trees will be used to form fish reef structures in Carlyle Lake, which will provide breeding areas and protection for young fish.  The structures also encourage growth of algae and zooplankton, two sources of food for young fish.  Recycled Christmas trees make inexpensive yet effective habitat for all types of fish.

Volunteer contributions will help improve the fish habitat at Carlyle Lake and ensure better fishing opportunities in the future.

  • Volunteers are needed to assist with the placement of the trees. 
  • Volunteers can assist by helping Corps Rangers build tree reefs
  • Or volunteer by supplying a boat to help place the Christmas trees in the lake  

The event will be located at the Dam East High Water Boat Ramp on Saturday, March 24th, starting at 8:30 a.m. For more information on this project, or if you would like to volunteer, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at