DEERFIELD, Ohio - Recycled Christmas trees are being repurposed as fish-attracting habitats in northeast Ohio lakes.
The trees are being reused to harbor fish and benefit anglers at Berlin Reservoir, Lake Milton and other large lakes. The trees are being placed along the lowered winter shorelines to provide shelter and shade for fish.
The Vindicator in Youngstown reports the trees are weighted down with concrete blocks and attract all types of fish at all levels of the food chain.
State fish management technician Dan Wright says the trees last about three years as fish habitat.
Some 2,000 trees were collected in the Youngstown area. Day-reporting Mahoning County jail inmates loaded the trees onto trailers at each collection point and unloaded them at Berlin Reservoir.