How to recycle your Christmas tree and help restore the coast
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Posted by: Dana Walker
As most Louisianians know, a number of environmental and human factors ranging from
levees and canals to nutrias and rising sea levels have converged to decimate our coastline. Every hour, a football-field sized swath of Louisiana disappears, according to an oft-cited (and accurate) analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey. Since 1932, we’ve lost 1,883 square miles of land to the sea—that’s more than the entire state of Rhode Island.
Yes, Louisiana is slowly and inexorably (for now) becoming a modern-day Atlantis. The silver lining? Your shriveled, crusty old holiday fir can help stem the tide of land loss and restore the wetlands. The city’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability is funding a recycling initiative to collect Orleans Parish trees and airlift them to Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. Once in place, the mulched trees help keep sediment in place and serve as a base for new vegetation. Last year, the city collected more than 8,000 trees.