ELM SPRINGS (KFSM) -- Now that the holidays are over, many are getting rid of their real Christmas trees, but instead of putting them on the curb the Fish Habitat Project is asking that they be donated instead.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is collecting real Christmas trees to put them in local lakes to create fish habitats to give the critters places to hide from predators and to create nursery cover for young fish.
Crews load the trees on to boats, then tie concrete block to each tree and throw 15 to 20 of them into the lakes.
Some of those trees will go into Lake Elmdale in Elm Springs, others will end up in Bobkid Lake near Prairie Grove, Crystal Lake in Decatur and Beaver Lake.
Crews work with Home Depot, Lowe's, and Walmart to collect more than 50 to 100 trees from each distributor, but they also ask the public to bring their real trees to those locations instead of throwing them away.