Recycling Christmas Tree

This post, “Recycling Christmas Tree” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

This year when we took down our Christmas tree we recycled it.  Here they use the trees to build up our coastline.  They take the trees and place them in fenced areas along the coastal marshes.  This protects our coastline from salt water intrusion (which will kill the grasses that anchor the soil) and increases sedimentation (which builds land for the grasses).  Recycled trees provide a wave break for the marshes and also improve water clarity, while also providing a reef environment for wildlife.

Louisiana started this program because we were losing 25-35 square miles of marsh every year with extra damage done by hurricanes, esp. Katrina.  Louisiana alone accounts for about 80% of the nation’s wetland loss each year.  The Christmas tree recycling program has worked to stabilize soil and shorelines.  This has been a successful soil erosion control, but there is still a lot to be done.

 If you are interested in this, here is a site that explains this important process with pictures: http://www.cgernon.com/sptf/recyc.htm 

I compost all garden clippings and leaves.  I also rake up and use the pine straw for mulch.  So recycling our Christmas tree is just another way to help the environment.

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