Translate this page

Riverside County mulls use of discarded Christmas trees to secure fish habitat

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Issue 48, Volume 16.

RIVERSIDE - Riverside County supervisors today will consider whether to give all the Christmas trees collected this year by the county for recycling to a state program aimed at securing fish habitat.

The county's Department of Waste Management expects to collect around two tons of discarded trees in the post-holiday season and wants to turn the load over to the California Department of Fish and Game.

According to county officials, the DFG is attempting to fortify Lakes Elsinore, Gregory, Hemet and Perris to preserve small fish populations by protecting them from larger predatory fish.

"Trees are sunk to a depth of 10 to 15 feet in lakes that have very Advertisement
Advertisement for Carrington Home Loans
[ Carrington Home Loans ]
little vegetation to provide a place for the smaller fish to hide," according to a waste management document. "Each tee is drilled at the base, and a rope is tied to a concrete block weight and then sunk."

State officials expressed an interest in taking all the trees that the county cares to spare.

Every Dec. 26 to Jan. 9, the county operates a recycling program in which discarded trees collected by waste management at curbsides and at the Lamb Canyon and Badlands landfills are transported to a green waste processing facility for recycling.

If a majority of the Board of Supervisors approves, the state will receive the deadwood instead.



Comment Profile Image3 year home owner in Fallbrook.
Comment #1 | Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 at 11:19 am
I am having a hard time understanding what the big deal is. How many trees could they possibly want to sink? The lost money from grinding up the trees couldn't be as important as the bigger healthy fish in a lake. Could people bring the trees to the lake on there own?

Article Comments are contributed by our readers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Valley News staff. The name listed as the author for comments cannot be verified; Comment authors are not guaranteed to be who they claim they are.


Add your Comment


Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.


The Valley News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter

Advertisement for Crown Hill Pizza


Most Commented

Reach Local Customers

The Valley News The Valley News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2015
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds