Friday, January 16, 2009

Can the Christmas trees

Better late than never, right? Besides, the city has not collected the trees yet.

Christmas trees and the beach do not mix; at least not on the PI beach (Daily News report).

Under ordinary circumstances, ye olde used Christmas tree helps trap sand on a beach. I hear that in Gloucester, they use them to retard erosion on Wingaersheek Beach (don't you love that name?). I can't find any evidence online of this, but it's what I heard.

From, regarding recycling Christmas trees (I use them for #3, the bird habitat):

Christmas trees can be used to help reduce erosion on shorelines of oceans, lakes or rivers. The branches and trunk provide barriers that help lessen the amount of sand washed away by the water. They can also help rebuild areas, especially after hurricanes, by collecting sand deposits.

Check with your state's Department of Natural Resources to see if they have a need for your Christmas trees.

Thing is, we got big old sandbags on the beach now, and the engineer who had them put there said that the important thing now is to keep debris off the beach so the bags don't get ripped open. The bags are full of sand ... but that's not the point.

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