Old Christmas trees being used to rebuild sand dunes along North Carolina coastline

Life & Soul Magazine

Christmas trees, following their use over the holiday season, are being put to good use in restoring sand dunes on Carolina Beach in North Carolina.

Cape Fear Surfrider Foundation is teaming up with the town of Carolina Beach to offer a unique and earth-friendly way to dispose of old Christmas trees to protect the shoreline.

For the fifth year running, the Surfrider Foundation will host the Christmas Tree Recycling & Dune Restoration Project at Carolina Beach on Saturday 20 January. The yearly project helps to rebuild natural habitat, protect ocean front property, and divert the old trees from the landfill. It also helps people learn about the importance of beach erosion and dune structures.

Volunteers take dozens of thrown out trees and place them in areas with little to no dunes left, ensuring the do not affect nesting sea turtles and other wildlife. Old Christmas trees are placed on the edge of the dunes and…

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