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Christmas trees help save marsh; airlift next week

4 years ago February 19, 2011 Feb 19, 2011 Saturday, February 19 2011 Saturday, February 19, 2011 8:44:31 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

LACOMBE, La.- Christmas trees that once stood tall inside homes of Orleans Parish residents soon will be recycled to help save Louisiana's disappearing marshland.

The thousands of discarded trees collected after the holiday will be airlifted Wednesday into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to help establish a breakwater in open ponds on the refuge. The trees will help trap silt and encourage growth of marsh grasses.

Many of the ponds have enlarged in recent years as wave action eats away at the shoreline.

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