(WVUE) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin its annual "Christmas Tree Drop" at the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
More than 8000 re-purposed Christmas trees from New Orleans will get new life as breakwaters in refuge impoundments.
The drops begin Wednesday, March 14.
The breakwaters will slow wave and water movement, trap silt and encourage the growth of marsh grasses.
The trees are dropped by helicopter to the refuge.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the wetland ecosystem that helps protect the city during storm effects also shelters native wildlife and provides migratory waterfowl habitat will be revitalized by the parish's sustainability efforts.
Last year, Orleans Parish residents put more than 6,000 trees into the recycling program, giving them an important role in coastal restoration.