The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake encourages local citizens to participate in the eighth annual Christmas tree recycling program. Christmas trees can be brought to a collection site at John Spalding Boat Ramp. Christmas trees will be accepted at this location until Jan. 31.
Residents of the Mark Twain Lake surrounding area can contribute to these efforts by donating their trees. The trees will be bundled together and sunk in Mark Twain Lake, creating underwater fish structures for fish to rest. This underwater habitat also encourages the growth of algae and zooplankton for young fish to feed upon which enhances growth. Structures will be placed in Mark Twain Lake in late March by Corps of Engineers employees, and volunteers.
Artificial or trees with artificial snow cannot be accepted. All tinsel, decorations, stands and plastic bags should be removed from the tree. Anyone wishing to volunteer or wanting information should contact Brad Stamp at the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 735-4097.