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Claytor Lake biologists create fish habitat with Christmas trees

PULASKI COUNTY, VA -

It is Christmas time for the fish at Claytor Lake.

Wildlife biologists and volunteers loaded up several dozen Christmas trees this morning at the state park in Pulaski County.

The trees were donated by community members and those living at the lake.

They were dumped at three locations.

The "Christmas for the Fish" event has been going on for about a decade and helps create a natural habitat for fish, which is also good for anglers.

"It tracks in small fish, and then bigger fish come in to feed on those. There are insects that grow on the trees, and fish come in to feed on those," said John Copeland, with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Each dump site is marked with buoys, so they boaters and swimmers can identify them.

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