REEDSPORT — Oregon Coast Anglers will again be collecting used Christmas Trees around Reedsport for its “Christmas Trees for Salmon Project.” This is the third year of the project where used Christmas Trees are hand placed by local high school students in tributaries streams of the Umpqua and Smith rivers.
Projects like Christmas Trees for Salmon are slowly reversing decades of damaging logging practices that scoured stream beds down to bedrock destroying miles of spawning and rearing habitat and were a leading contributor to the decline of Oregon’s coastal salmon populations.
OCA coordinates with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the placement of the trees. Locations are selected to enhance spawning and rearing habitat by slowing the stream’s current causing small gravel to fall out and create spawning areas. The tangle of tree trunks and limbs also provides protective cover for young salmon and steelhead to avoid predators.
Please remove all decorations and tinsel, and no fake snow flocking. Take your tree to the vacant lot at the northwest corner of the Reedsport Les Schwab Store parking lot and stack neatly. Trees will be accepted through the month of January.
Local Boy Scout Troop 310 will be picking up used Christmas Trees on Saturday, Dec. 30. Same rules: no decorations, tinsel or fake snow flocking. Take your tree to the curb in front of your house and the Boy Scouts will collect it.
For more information, contact Steve Godin at 541-255-3383