Bayou Sauvage is one of the largest urban refuges in the country, and for migratory birds marks an important stop on their hemispheric travels. These wetlands provide wildlife habitat, a great place to connect with nature, and help to protect New Orleans from storms.
New Orleans' recycled Christmas trees are collected and used to establish a wave break in open
ponds on the refuge. These tree jetties will create new productive marsh
habitat by reducing erosion, 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 use the tree drop as a training exercise - dropping the trees in areas selected by the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service.
Learn more about resource management techniques at Bayou Sauvage NWR
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