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HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - You've probably heard the saying 'out with the old and in with the new,' and that's what many people are doing right now, as they take down their Christmas decorations in preparation for the new year.

If you have a live tree that you plan on getting rid of, the Game and Fish Commission encourages you to recycle.

"Right after Christmas I drive around a lot these subdivisions and I see Christmas trees laying on the roadside for the trashman to pickup and we'd like for everybody to not do that. There's a number of things you can do with your Christmas trees every year," said Steve "Wildman" Wilson of the Game and Fish Commission.

Some of these tips include putting your tree out by the bird feeder for a natural bird house.

Trees can be bundled and sunk in your favorite fishing hole for fish shelter, or you can even mulch up the trees for your flower bed.

Another option is to donate the trees to Arkansas Game and Fish and the Arkansas Corps of Engineers. They sink the trees and use them as underwater structures for fish. Crappie, bass and bluegill love them. You can drop off trees at:



Lake Hamilton

- Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area.


Lake Chicot

- Connerly Bayou Access Area.


Camden

- AGFC Regional Office on Ben Lane.


Bragg Lake and Upper Jack's Landing

on Upper White Oak Lake.


Magnolia

- Columbia County Road Dept Yard on Highway 371.


Maumelle

-Lake Willastein


El Dorado

- City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby's and one on South Jackson.


Smackover

- recycling drop-off center (these will be transported to El Dorado).


Millwood Lake

- Cottonshed, White Cliffs Recreation Areas and the Millwood State Park ramp on the point.


Dierks Lake

- Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area.


DeQueen Lake

- Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp.


Gillham Lake

- Any Corps of Engineers boat ramp.


Lake Greeson

- New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek Recreation Areas.


Arkansas River

- Verizon Access underneath the I-30 Bridge in North Little Rock.


Greers Ferry Lake

- Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton).


Dardanelle Lake

- Dwight Mission Access, Highway 64/Piney Access, Cabin Creek Slough Access.


Jack Nolen Lake

- Largest access ramp on rip-rap near ramp.


Sugar Loaf Lake

- Sugar Loaf Access Area near ramps.


Lake Conway

- Lawrence Landing Access.


Harris Brake Lake

- Chittman Hill Access.


Lake Overcup

- Lake Overcup Landing.


Lake Barnett

- Reed Access.


Jonesboro

- Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp.


North Little Rock

- Alltel Boat Ramp



Make sure your tree is real, tinsel free and ornament free before sending it to the curb or to the lake. Trees that are decorated won't be accepted.


Volunteers are welcome to help drop fish shelters into the lake. For more information, call Park Ranger Jason Presley at the Greers Ferry Project Office at 501-340-1905.

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