Give a fish a home


By Darlene McCormick Sanchez

Lone Star Outdoor News

Those living in East Texas near Tyler can help improve fishing habitat by dropping off their Christmas trees. The City of Tyler Solid Waste Department and Keep Tyler Beautiful will provide two locations for Christmas tree recycling. Residents can drop off their undecorated, non-flocked natural Christmas trees in designated areas at Golden Road Park and Fun Forest Park in Tyler through Jan. 20.

Golden Road Park is located at the intersection of McDonald Road and Golden Road. Fun Forest Park is located in the 900 block of North Glenwood Boulevard. All lights, ornaments, garland and tinsel should be removed from the Christmas tree before dropping it off near the sign that says “Christmas Tree Recycling.” People can also drop them off at park dumpsters.

The trees at the parks are available for area fishermen to pick up and sink in nearby lakes to create fish habitats. Small fish eat the aquatic insects that find a home in the tree branches. The fish also use the trees as a hiding place. As a result, the fishing is improved around the “recycled trees” because more fish congregate in these areas.

For more information, contact Rachel Northcutt, City of Tyler Parks and Recreation Keep Tyler Beautiful coordinator, at 903-595-7217 or e-mail