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Posted 2/6/2015

Release no. 15-009

Shirley J. Smith

VICKSBURG, Miss… The public is invited to participate in the annual Fish Habitat Day to be held February 21, 2015 at Arkabutla Lake. This annual event will be the hauling of discarded Christmas trees to the bottom of the lake and stake beds in the coves to create and improve fish habitat at Arkabutla Lake.

Volunteers should meet at the old Arkabutla Lake Field Office, 3905 Arkabutla Dam Road in Coldwater at 7:30 a.m. to sign the appropriate volunteer forms. Volunteers attending the 7:30 a.m. briefing may use their ATV to haul the trees. The usage of an ATV is restricted to one person per ATV and all operators must wear an Department of Transportation approved helmet.

Volunteers are encouraged to dress appropriately as the placing of the trees will be done in muddy conditions. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring items such as protective eyewear, protective gloves, sledge hammer, fence post driver, etc.

This event will be an excellent opportunity for a beginner or experienced fishermen to improve their knowledge of the fishing structures at Arkabutla Lake while enhancing the protection of natural resources for future generations. (The date for this event is subject to change if unfavorable conditions occur or if the lake level becomes too high).

For more information on Fish Habitat Day at Arkabutla Lake please contact Dave Funderburk at (662)
562-6261, extension 14589.

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