Why Is the Forest Service Dumping Christmas Trees into Ohio Lakes?

(Photo: Ashley Kuflewski/U.S. Forest Service)

During the week after Christmas, U.S. Forest Service employees gather hundreds of old Christmas trees, lash them to cinder blocks, and then dump them into Lake Vesuvius, the largest body of water in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. This year on “sinking day,” officials sent more than 300 trees to watery graves.

The trees become a habitat for freshwater fish, while the decomposing bark and needles nourish algae and zooplankton that then feed crawfish, snails, mussels, and other animals.

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