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Submerged trees help WI lakes

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MADISON, (WKOW) -- Wisconsin's lakes are about to get some much needed help to prevent erosion and enhance wildlife habitats. The state Department of Natural Resources, property owners and conservationists are getting ready to add more underwater trees to four northern Wisconsin lakes.

Fish, frogs and other aquatic wildlife use submerged trees for food and cover, but DNR officials say fewer trees are falling in the lakes. The agency says more shoreline lawns have meant fewer trees and shoreline property owners tend to clean up fallen trees.

The so-called "Fish Sticks" project calls for the DNR, property owners and conservation groups to anchor fallen trees to shore in Upper St. Croix Lake in Douglas County and in Upper Eau Claire, Shunenberg and Devils lakes in Bayfield County. When ice on the lakes melts, the trees will sink. Work is expected to begin this month.

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