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    Volunteers to improve fish habitat near Ocean Lake next month

    On Saturday, February 9, volunteers are invited to help improve fish habitat in Ocean Lake, near Pavillion. The project provides an opportunity to recycle Christmas trees while improving the structure of the lake. Fresh Christmas trees are being accepted for free at the Lander and Dubois Landfill and Riverton Transfer Station through Wed., Jan. 30.

    At Ocean Lake, volunteers and staff will wire the trees together and attach concrete blocks to weigh them down. When the ice melts in the spring, the weighted trees will sink and provide structure for fish. The resulting formation creates the inland equivalent of an artificial reef.

    According to Fisheries Biologist Paul Gerrity, “Over the years, volunteers have been essential to the success of this project. There have been many years that we would not have finished without their help. We would love for volunteers to come out, enjoy the day, bring the family and help increase fish habitat at Ocean Lake.”

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    Volunteers should meet at the boat landing on Long Point of Ocean Lake at 9 am, and bring pliers or wire cutters, work gloves and warm clothes. Volunteers are welcome to show up for any portion of the time, and the project should be completed early afternoon.

    Thank you to all the partners who donate supplies, put forward effort, and give of their time: Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, North Platte Walleyes Unlimited, Wyoming Demolition, Drake’s Landscaping, Geotec, Brian Woodard of Rocky Mountain Discount Sports in Casper, and the volunteers who attend each year.

    For more information call the Lander Regional Office at 307-332-2688.

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