The rangers set up a drop off point for area residents to drop off their Christmas Trees for recycling. There are usually hundreds, sometime thousands of trees dropped off.
Rangers and COE volunteers, along with other local volunteers come, sort through the trees and drag them to the cub in an orderly fashion.
From the curb, the trees are loaded onto trucks and trailers.
Thank goodness that we have some young, strong rangers to do the actually lifting onto the trucks and trailers. I can drag the trees to the curb carefully, but my days of lifting are over because of my back and shoulder injuries. I do what I can, with the amount of trees, every little bit helps. With lots of trucks and volunteers, we were able to load all the trees in one day. Other years, it has taken several days to pickup and distribute all the trees.
The trees are then taken to the boat ramps all around Thurmond and Russell lakes. Fishermen then take the trees, weight them down with old cinder blocks and place them in various locations around the lakes. This gives the fish a safe place to breed and grow to adult size. The fishermen love this opportunity to increase their chances to catch fish. The trees naturally biodegrade putting nutrients into the waters. It's a good program. Just a lot (a lot) of work.
After the trees were all loaded up and sent on their way, I rode my motorcycle down to the Thurmond dam to see how things were progressing with the lake levels.
The dam still has the floodgates open and they will remain open for the next several days at least. The flow of water going over the dam is enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool every two seconds!
From the looks of things, the water levels are going down, but there is going to be lots of cleaning and painting ahead in our future.
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