Volunteers are needed for Feb. 9. Any adult or high school age teen interested in participating should call Coastal Management at 504.736.6441 to register.
Volunteers with flat bottom boats are also needed. Work will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Lafitte and should end at about 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
The Jefferson Parish Christmas Tree Recycling Shoreline Marsh Project is currently in its 29th year and going strong. The program has diverted hundreds of thousands of Christmas trees from the Jefferson Parish landfill to help protect and restore rich wetland habitat within the Barataria Basin. The recycled trees are used to build wave dampening fences and to fill in man-made canals. These steps are taken to help reduce coastal erosion and reestablish the natural hydrology of the area.
Since the program’s inception, more than 850,000 Christmas trees have been recycled to construct 15,500 feet of shoreline wave dampening fences. Each year, approximately 5,000 Christmas trees are collected and used to build tree fences that slow wave action, trap sediments, combat erosion, and protect wetlands.
Christmas trees will be collected at the location of your regular garbage collection throughout unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte, and Westwego on January 10th, 11th, and 12th.
Waste haulers transport the Christmas trees to Cochiaria’s Marina, which serves as the staging site for the parish’s volunteer engagement event. Volunteers place the trees in shallow draft boats to be delivered to the site. The boats are provided by the Jefferson Parish and Municipality Fire Departments, the Jefferson Parish Coastal Management Division, as well as volunteers.
The Christmas Tree Recycling project provides a hands-on educational experience and serves to increase public awareness of wetland loss, solid waste issues, and conservation of our natural resources.