Recycled Christmas Trees Used To Build Up Land In Bayou Sauvage

Apr 30, 2015

Who's still thinking about Christmas in spring? The New Orleans Department of Sanitation, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Guard. This generation-long partnership comes together for the annual Christmas tree drop. Christmas trees are picked up curbside after the new year, packaged into bundles, and dropped via helicopter into a local wetlands area to build back land mass. The National Guard uses it as a training exercise, and the nearby wildlife refuge Bayou Sauvage gets a coastal restoration project.

This year the project chose to focus on the Joe Madere unit of the refuge. Hear from the project players:

Check out this video of the National Guard's helicopter team lifting off with the bundle of trees from the staging area:

...and heading to the marsh to get the job done: