Friday we made a trip over to Lake Martin, so the boys in our den could get another requirement for the World Conservation Award, they’ve been working on. Our den leader, Mr. W., has a friend, Mr. M, who has a house on the lake. One of the things he enjoys doing to help the fish is dropping seasoned Christmas trees in the lake, which gives the little fish a safe haven from the bigger fish. So the boys got to help with this process, which is described below…

Step 1: We did this step back right after Christmas. We all saved our Christmas trees, and Mr. W. came by and got the trees and stored them until we could go out to the lake.

Step 2: We brought the trees out to the lake with us. Mr. M took a good look at them to ensure there was nothing on the tree that would hurt the marine life.
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Step 3: The trees were put in the water in preparation to be waited down.
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Step 4: The cinder blocks were brought down to the dock along with some rope. The rope was attached to each block before putting them into the canoe.
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Step 5: Here Alex helps attach the cinder block to the tree with the other end of the rope.
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Step 6: The cinder block is put into the canoe, while the tree hangs down and is pulled along next to the canoe in the water.
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Step 7: The guys canoed out to the location where the tree and weight will be dropped. It’s much more difficult to paddle out because of the weight of the cinder block.
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Step 8: Arrive at the desired location and carefully put the block on the side of the canoe allowing the weight and tree to sink to the bottom.
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Step 9: Paddle back to the dock. Since it was so much easier, the boys got to help on the way back!
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Here’s a little more info that I found on Take Me Fishing Dot Org.
fish habitat conservation