Tuesday December 22, 2009 04:21 pm - 1390 Views - Posted By Coastal Restoration and Preservation
Parish President Michel H. Claudet is pleased to announce that Terrebonne Parish will be participating in the Christmas Tree Program, designed by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to help with the prevention of coastal erosion.
How does it work? Fences, also known as cribs, are constructed along the Intracoastal Canal near the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge and on the Orleans Audubon Property the observation boardwalk and bird nesting sites. Inside of the cribs people can place Christmas trees The large, lightweight, and easy to move trees are well-suited to allow for the natural flow of water and sediments. Further, the limbs are organic and provide an ideal fisheries habitat. Although Christmas trees are seasonal, they are readily available. The trees provide an effective wave-break which can reduce erosion of marshes, enhance water clarity which allows more submerged aquatic vegetation to become established, and provide an important reef area for many fish and crustacean species. Even small animals and birds have been found nesting in the brush cribs.
How to participate? From January 2 to January 9, 2009 Terrebonne residents can place their Christmas tree(s) by the garbage pickup area at his/her residence for collection. Only green trees will be accepted - flocked trees and trees with tinsel or decorations cannot be used. Be sure to take the tree off the stand. Only trees that meet these criteria will be picked up and used for this program.
This is an excellent opportunity to recycle Christmas trees, promote environmental management, and preserve our beloved wetlands. Should you have questions, please contact the Terrebonne Parish Solid Waste Department at 985-873-6739.