Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 26, 2012

Trees needed to help with fish habitat

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — Members of the Athens Bass Club are looking for donated Christmas trees to help with fish habitat at Lake Athens.

The Bass Club is partnering with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to assist in the general mapping of Lake Athens.

“We contacted TPWD, and we wanted to do the project several months ago,” bass club member Jason Walker said. “They came to us, and said let's partner on this, and we want to help.”

Walker said Walmart Super Center has currently donated about 150 Christmas trees for the project, but they would like to see more from the public.

“They can go to our website, and I run the website, so we will have additional information there, as well,” Walker said.

Walker said they will collect the trees on Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Athens public launch ramp.

The Bass Club received approval from the City of Athens to drop Christmas trees off at the grassy area of the smaller boat ramp at Lake Athens for those people who like to get rid of their trees sooner.

He said the main guideline for tree donation is that they do not have any type of debri or decorations on the tree. If they do, then Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will have to throw the tree away.

For additional information on the fish habitat project, you can visit their website at www.athensbassclub.com.