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Corps creates new fish habitats at Old Hickory Lake

Nashville District, Old Hickory Lake
Published Sept. 3, 2013
Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Alison Richardson, Darrel Thompson, Erica Nicolay, and Roy Cazares prepare the evergreen fish attractors by attaching concrete weights to the tree bundles at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Alison Richardson, Darrel Thompson, Erica Nicolay, and Roy Cazares prepare the evergreen fish attractors by attaching concrete weights to the tree bundles at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Alison Richardson, Darrel Thompson, Erica Nicolay, Michael Vasquez, and Roy Cazares prepare the evergreen fish attractors by attaching concrete weights to the tree bundles at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Alison Richardson, Darrel Thompson, Erica Nicolay, Michael Vasquez, and Roy Cazares prepare the evergreen fish attractors by attaching concrete weights to the tree bundles at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Alison Richardson, Darrel Thompson, and Erica Nicolay thread cable through the fish attractor concrete weights at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013

Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Alison Richardson, Darrel Thompson, and Erica Nicolay thread cable through the fish attractor concrete weights at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013

Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Roy Cazares, Erica Nicolay, and Darrel Thompson cut cable for the new fish attractors on Old Hickory Lake near Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member’s (left to right) Roy Cazares, Erica Nicolay, and Darrel Thompson cut cable for the new fish attractors on Old Hickory Lake near Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member Darrel Thompson fastens a fish attractor's cable closure to the bottom of the concrete weight at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member Darrel Thompson fastens a fish attractor's cable closure to the bottom of the concrete weight at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member Darrel Thompson loads the prepared evergreen fish attractors into a work boat at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member Darrel Thompson loads the prepared evergreen fish attractors into a work boat at Old Hickory Lake’s Lone Branch Recreation Area in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Aug. 27, 2013.

Student Conservation Association team member’s (front to back) Erica Nicolay and Alison Richardson sit on the work boat as it leaves Lone Branch Recreation Area Aug. 27, 2013 in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., with the prepared tree bundles that will be used as submerged fish attractors on Old Hickory Lake. (USACE photo by Michael Vasquez)

Student Conservation Association team member’s (front to back) Erica Nicolay and Alison Richardson sit on the work boat as it leaves Lone Branch Recreation Area Aug. 27, 2013 in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., with the prepared tree bundles that will be used as submerged fish attractors on Old Hickory Lake. (USACE photo by Michael Vasquez)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 3, 2013) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Old Hickory Lake and members of the Student Conservation Association made a splash Aug. 27 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 good 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, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Avondale Recreation Area, Gallatin, Tenn.; Cages Bend Campground, Gallatin, Tenn.; Cedar Creek Campground, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; and Shutes Branch Recreation Area, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.  

Old Hickory Lake plans to continue the annual recycling tree collection this winter.  The public can donate their live, Christmas trees (no-artificial) at Rockland Recreation Area’s Boat Ramp, Hendersonville, Tenn., beginning Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 through Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. Please note that all ornaments, lights, and tinsel must be removed before drop-off.

For more information about this program please contact Natural Resource Specialist Allen Earhart at the Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager’s Office at (615) 822-4846 or (615)847-2395. 

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