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FOCL postpones Christmas tree collections

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

If you planned to donate your live Christmas tree to the reef building project at Claytor Lake, but weren’t going to be able to deliver it today, you now have more time.

Friends of Claytor Lake (FOCL), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Claytor Lake State Park have decided to postpone the Christmas for the Fishes program until Wednesday, Jan. 23. Originally, the groups had planned to collect and deploy the trees at three reef locations today.

Those having a Christmas trees to donate to the project can deliver them to the state park anytime before Jan. 23. They can be dropped off at the area marked by orange cones at the public boat ramp inside the state park.

The program uses Christmas trees that would otherwise end up in the landfill and uses them to build reefs to help support fish habitats in the lake. The trees are tied to concrete blocks and sunk at three locations adjacent to the state park to create deepwater reefs, which also consist of long-lasting fish attracting structures called “spider blocks.”

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