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Annual Christmas Tree Drop

Christmas Tree Drop

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.

Through this innovative and partnered project new land can be created in these areas. Bayou Sauvage is one of the largest urban refuges in the country and for migratory birds marks one of the last stops before hitting open water. 

The project has re-established about 175 acres of marsh in Bayou Sauvage NWR. 


Learn more about resource management techniques at Bayou Sauvage NWR 

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2015
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