Louisiana's Christmas Tree Recycling Program: Reusing Trees to Rebuild the Coast
By Amanda Moore, National Wildlife Federation
One of the simplest ways Louisianans can help rebuild their coastal ecosystem is by participating in the Christmas tree recycling program. Jefferson Parish, for example, has constructed “Christmas tree cribs” along miles of wetland shoreline. Discarded Christmas trees are collected and then placed in the wooden cribs, to help break up wave energy and protect the wetlands from erosion. By donating a Christmas tree – or by getting dirty in the marsh and building cribs – anyone can join in to help save the wetlands. Check out the video below to learn more.