Recycled Christmas trees are used to establish a wave break in open
ponds on the refuge. These tree jetties will create new productive marsh
habitat by trapping sediment and building up a plantable structure which will eventually
support native marsh grasses.
The project is a joint effort with the Mayor's Office of
Environmental Affairs, New Orleans Department of Sanitation, and the Louisiana
Army National Guard who dropped the trees in coastal zones selected by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
Most of the freshwater marsh that makes up the refuge is
contained within hurricane and flood-protection levees. What was once
historically a wetland system that benefitted from natural sediment deposits
has been walled in.
Learn more about resource management techniques at Bayou Sauvage NWR
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