Volunteer with us to help create fish habitat
LANDER- On Saturday, February 10, volunteers are invited to help improve fish habitat in Ocean Lake, near Pavillion. This project is a partnership between Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District, North Platte Walleyes Unlimited, and Wyoming Demolition.
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 Landfill and Riverton Transfer Station through Wed., Feb. 7, and at the Dubois Landfill through Friday Feb 2.
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 andprovide 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.”
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.
For more information call the Lander Regional Office at 307-332-2688.