New Orleans, La. - Christmas trees collected in Orleans Parish following the 2012 holiday help rebuild the marsh in Bayou Sauvage.
Louisiana National Guard troops dropped the trees in pre-selected coastal zones as part of a program to create new marsh habitat.
The City's Department of Sanitation, Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs and the Materials Management Group led the effort to collect, sort, and bundle the Christmas trees gathered curbside in Orleans Parish. Additionally, the City's collection contractors, Richard's Disposal, Metro Disposal and Progressive Waste Solutions, assisted with the Christmas tree recycling project.
The city collected more than 9,000 Christmas trees in 2012.
"I greatly appreciate the residents who participated in this program and the agencies that partnered with the City to make this program possible. Working together, we can all play a part in rebuilding and preserving our urban wetlands," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.