Louisiana National Guard conducts annual Christmas Tree Drop in Bayou … – WDSU New Orleans

Christmas came early this week to the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.

Members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday for the Christmas Tree Drop.

SLIDESHOW: Annual Christmas Tree Drop in Bayou Sauvage

According to the Louisiana National Guard, several recycled Christmas trees were collected and dropped in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, which helps create new productive marsh habitat by trapping sediment.

Officials said the effort will eventually help support native marsh grasses. Since it began, the project has re-established about 175 acres of marsh in the Bayou Sauvage NWR.

Similar efforts happen in other areas of coastal Louisiana, like the Christmas tree recycling program in Jefferson Parish. More than 10,000 trees were placed along pre-constructed shoreline fences to help restore dunes and protect against coastal erosion earlier this year. 

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