Corps creates new fish habitats at Old Hickory Lake

HENDERSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Old Hickory Lake and members of the Student Conservation Association made a splash recently when they installed the remaining fish attractors made possible by Old Hickory Lake’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program.
Sep 4, 2013
(Allen Earhart • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Student Conservation Association team members (from left) Alison Richardson, Darrel Thompson, Erica Nicolay, Michael Vasquez and Roy Cazares prepare evergreen fish attractors by attaching concrete weights to the tree bundles at Old Hickory Lake's Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet.

HENDERSONVILLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Old Hickory Lake and members of the Student Conservation Association made a splash recently when they installed the remaining fish attractors made possible by Old Hickory Lake’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program.

Lasting seven to 10 years in the lake, the tied bundles of evergreen trees make a biodegradable habitat structure for fish and are also beneficial for aquatic insects and other plant life, which are an essential food source for many fish species.

Natural Resource Specialist Allen Earhart said the two-year-old program has become an increasingly popular environmental stewardship program for the lake.

“We collected 120 evergreens this year and established three new fish attractor sites at Lone Branch and Shutes Branch recreation areas in Mt. Juliet, as well as one within Barton’s Creek in Lebanon,” said Earhart. “In total, we have 15 submerged fish attractor sites around the lake marked by indicator buoys.”

Fishermen can find Old Hickory Lake’s fish attractors near Rockland Recreation Area in Hendersonville; Avondale Recreation Area in Gallatin; Cages Bend Campground in Gallatin; Cedar Creek Campground in Mt. Juliet; and Shutes Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet.  

Old Hickory Lake plans to continue the annual recycling tree collection this winter. The public can donate live Christmas trees at Rockland Recreation Area’s Boat Ramp in Hendersonville, beginning Dec. 26 through Jan. 8. Please note that all ornaments, lights and tinsel must be removed before drop-off.

For more information about this program, contact Earhart at the Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 615-822-4846 or 615-847-2395.  

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