As in years past, the City of Warren will accept Christmas trees at the municipal swimming pool parking lot through the end of January.
The trees will be weighted and sunk in the Tionesta Reservoir to provide cover for fish. Previously, the trees were placed in the Allegheny Reservoir, but the U.S. Forest Service is in the process of renewing the National Environmental Policy Act permit, as the existing one is out of date.
Nathan Welker, fisheries biologist for the Allegheny National Forest, said it is basically just a paperwork issue, but in the meantime, the trees will go to Tionesta.
Times Observer file photo
Dennis Peters drops off a tree in this 2012 photo. For 19 years, the City of Warren has partnered with various organizations to turn the Christmas trees into fish structures in the Allegheny Reservoir. A minor paperwork issue has prevented the trees from ending up in the reservoir, but they will go to the Tionesta Reservoir, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The trees should be dropped off at the municipal pool parking lot, with no decorations. There will be no curbside pick-up of trees in the city.
Mike Holtz, director of Public Works for the city said, "It is a win-win situation. It's a good service for residents, and the trees provide good habitat for fish."
He said residents are encourage to place them in the pool parking lot, rather than the Oak Street lot this year.
Youngsville Borough Manager Lisa Hagberg said the borough will collect trees from the curbside each Friday from Jan. 3 through Jan. 24. No collection will be done in Tidioute, Sugar Grove or Clarendon.