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Underwater structures like piles of rocks or rubber tires and sunken ships attract many varieties of fish which find shelter and food sources there. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission regularly \"stocks\" lakes and ponds across the state with discarded Christmas trees, brush piles, and dead trees. Sinking this material in lakes and ponds enhances the ability of these bodies of water to support game fish.
Brook trout have lived in North Carolina's mountain streams since the last ice age of 10,000 years ago. The Southern Appalachian-strain brook trout is the state's only native trout. However, their population has been declining because of development-related pollution and poor land management practices associated with agriculture. Besler discusses ways the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with other groups to ensure streams where the brook trout live are protected and restored.
Construction of artificial fish shelters for installation in the Falls of Neuse reservoir is moving ahead. The North Carolina B.A.S.S. Federation and the Wake County Wildlife Club are assisting the Corps of Engineers in constructing habitats from old tires.