Boy Scouts assist with Christmas Tree recycling project

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first_imgChristmas trees for recycling at McFarlane’s Bark in Vancouver. Local Scouts worked Saturday to help their neighbors, and, in a twist, even some fish, during their annual Christmas tree roundup.Each year, Boy Scout troops and Cub Scout packs collect the dried-up husks of holiday cheer — pine and Douglas fir trees, mainly — in neighborhoods throughout Clark County. Most of the trees are taken to wood recycling operations, where they’re ground up, composted and turned into mulch. But this year, about 100 trees were donated to a group that had other plans.A local organization called Salmon Creek Fly Fishers is using the trees to create in-water habitat for fish. The organization is affiliated with Project Healing Waters, a national group that provides fly fishing classes to veterans.Dennis Potter, an organizer for the local fly fishers’ organization, was busy Saturday hauling away the trees, which will be placed in Stillwater channels below Daybreak Park Bridge, off the East Fork Lewis River in Battle Ground.Placing logs and trees into streams is a common tactic conservationists use to protect juvenile salmon. The trees act as a place for the salmon to live and eat, and they cool down channels that heat up during the summer months.“We’re placing these trees there so these little guys can find refuge through the maze of branches and give protection from predators,” Potter said. “They will provide some shade, and the branches will catch some plantlike material.”last_img

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