The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking local citizens to participate in the sixth 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 Sunday, Jan. 31.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking local citizens to participate in the sixth 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 Sunday, 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. These structures make excellent places 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 mid-March by Corps of Engineers employees and volunteers.
Artificial or flocked tress (with artificial snow) cannot be accepted. All tinsel, decorations, stands and plastic bags should be removed from the tree. Volunteers with boats or fishing /outdoor organizations are encouraged to help place the trees in the designated locations. Anyone wishing to volunteer or wanting more information should contact Brad Stamp at the Mark Twain Lake Project Office at (573) 735-4097.