The Terrebonne Parish Christmas tree recycling program has been active since the 1990s. Throughout the years, the program appears to have slowed shoreline degradation in places, according to program representatives.
Christmas trees in Terrebonne will be picked up at the location of your regular garbage collection on January 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
The site is along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at the south end of the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge conserves and protects freshwater marshes in western Terrebonne Parish in south–central Louisiana. It is critical because of the habitat it provides for waterfowl using the Mississippi Flyway.
The Refuge's freshwater marshes attract thousands of migratory waterfowl, while other habitats provide critical spring and fall habitat for neotropical migratory birds.
Over the last several years, they have partnered with Bayou Grace, local nonprofit organizations, students from the University of Buffalo (New York) and the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program who volunteer to help bring the recycled Christmas trees to the restoration site. Afterward, they will treat each of the hardworking volunteers to a Cajun lunch. The volunteer event will be held on January 22, 2019.