Fly fishing

Rhode Island DEM collects Christmas trees for riverine habitats

EXETER, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management collects Christmas trees to help protect the state’s riverine habitats. Donated trees will be used to slow erosion along the riverbanks and provide shelter for fish, turtles and other animals.

Placing trees in strategic locations along a river’s edge narrows and slows the stream, trapping sediment and stabilizing the bank. Trees also provide safe haven habitat for fish, turtles, and other organisms in the water. The process, called “coniferous coating,” helps restore rivers that have become too wide and shallow due to flooding and storms, the department said.

Trees can be dropped off at the Arcadia control station in Exeter on January 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No synthetic trees will be accepted and all trees must be completely free of garlands and decorations. Please do not bring trees that have been treated with fire retardant chemicals.

While DEM has had this program for several years, new this year, there will be family activities during the fundraising event. Staff will offer beginner fly-tying lessons at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., as well as an introduction to freshwater fishing and a fly-fishing course at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Other child-friendly activities will also be available. .

If you are unable to file your tree, check out Rhode Island Resource Recovery’s options for tree removal in your city.