The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Allatoona Lake Project Office has designated six locations to serve as drop-off locations for residents who want to recycle their Christmas trees.
The six sites include:
- Blockhouse 1 Fishing Jetty (behind Paw Paw’s Convenience Store) in Cartersville,
- Bethany Bridge Fishing Jetty parking area in Cartersville,
- Galt's Ferry Day Use in Acworth,
- Sweetwater Campground Overflow parking area in Canton;
- Payne Boat Ramp in Acworth; and
- Victoria Day Use in Woodstock.
All drop-off sites, which opened Dec. 26, are marked with flagging tape.
The trees will be utilized as part of the agency's Fish Habitat Improvement Program, an initiative that includes federal, state and local government agency partnering with community associations, volunteers and businesses.
“When people give us their post-holiday Christmas trees, they [the trees] are anchored to underwater concrete structures, creating habitats for fish once the lake levels rise each spring,” Jonathan Wise, a park ranger at Allatoona Lake Project Office, said.
The structures are placed in the lake bead near popular recreation areas, which provides habitat for fish to live, eat and reproduce.
The fish attractors have been designed not only with the fish in mind, but also the angler. For exmaple, most attractors are located within easy casting distance from shore for bank fisherman and are visible on most depth finders for those who fish from a boat.
“Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes on Allatoona Lake, and the US Army Corps of Engineers is dedicated to continuing to enhance the fishing experience for both casual and serious anglers,” Wise added.
For more information, contact the Allatoona Lake Project Office at 678-721-6700.Tell us in the comments below where you'll be on the parade route, share your photos and videos, and don’t miss any of the local news you care about—subscribe to Cartersville Patch's newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.