- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife is accepting donated Christmas trees after the holidays to use as underwater habitat for fish.

The trees must be real. The agency is accepting the donated trees in 26 counties through Jan. 15.

The trees must be free of lights, ornaments, tinsel, garland and any decorations.

Fisheries collect the donated trees and bundle them to create fish attractors that will be submerged in lakes across the state. They attract baitfish and algae, providing food for young fish and other aquatic organisms.

To find a donation location, visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website at fw.ky.gov and type in the keyword, “Christmas.”

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