Southeastern's Christmas tree recycling program helps prevent erosion

Published: Mar. 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM CDT
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HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Southeastern Louisiana University's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station delivered recycled Christmas trees Friday to help shore up area eroding wetlands. The trees when placed along the marsh shorelines collect sediments and allow for grasses to grow into and around them, thereby creating a 'Christmas tree level' that bolsters the shoreline and helps prevent erosion from the wave action.

Residents donated the trees after the holiday season. By recycling the trees, residents are helping to limit the amount of refuse going into the landfill. Turtle Cove has participated in the program for more than 15 years and donated more than 30,000 trees.

For additional information or to make a donation to support the project, contact Moreau at Donations should be sent by check payable to "Friends of Turtle Cove" and mailed to Box 10585, Hammond, LA 70402.

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