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      Christmas trees can become fish habitat

      If you still have your real christmas tree and you're not sure what to do with it, the Missouri Department of Conservation has an idea.

      The department has a program that recycles real christmas trees to establish fish habitats in Missouri lakes.

      Cedar and pine trees attract invertebrates that are a good food source for fish and provide a good place for fish to hide and congregate.

      It's very easy to do and is very popular.

      "We recommend that you use many trees together, a couple of big brush plies within a pond. Weigh them down so they don't float away. Very popular activity especially when you get ice on them, people want to go outside. It's a good way to build habitat in the pond to make fishing better in the spring and summertime," said Darren Thornhill of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

      Conservation crews suggest that you tie concrete blocks to the trees and submerge them in 4 to 7 feet of water.

      Thornhill also says using the trees for fish habitat is a great way to recycle the trees.