Illinois: Christmas Trees Submerged to Enrich County’s Aquatic Life


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Stevenson County, IL – Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park, renowned for its recreational opportunities, has added another attraction: submerged Christmas trees serving as habitats for fish and wildlife. 

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, on April 2, 75 Christmas trees were donated and strategically placed into the park’s 40-acre lake. Located west of Route 73 on Lake Road, the park is a hub for outdoor enthusiasts, featuring multi-use trails, picnic areas, and various campgrounds. The donated trees are now part of the lake’s ecosystem, providing cover and foraging grounds for aquatic species. 

This initiative is part of a broader environmental effort by the IDNR to enhance local ecosystems and repurpose seasonal items sustainably. The transformed trees contribute to the biodiversity and fishing quality of the lake, turning holiday remnants into ecological treasures. Stephenson County’s commitment to innovative environmental stewardship showcases a proactive approach to resource management and conservation. 


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