Christmas came early this year — for the wetlands anyway. The Louisiana National Guard Wednesday began placing some 8,000 processed Christmas trees in coastal zones the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selected to help stimulate formation of new marsh areas.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city and the Louisiana Christmas Tree Program collected almost 8,000 Christmas trees from residents. About 700 of the trees were shredded and the others were sorted and bundled for the program. The collection and other work was carried out by the city Department of Sanitation, the Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs, the Materials Management Group, volunteers from Playworks NOLA and Walker & Dunlop.