|LEAVE YOUR TREE ON THE CURB TO BENEFIT SOUTHEASTERN MARSH RESTORATION
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University’s Christmas tree recycling program now comes with curb service.
“No more hauling trees to collection
sites,” said Fred Stouder, a research associate who heads marsh restoration
programs at the university’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station
at Pass Manchac.
Stouder said curbside collection,
compliments of Waste Management, is scheduled for Saturday, Jan.
8, in Hammond and Ponchatoula and Saturday, Jan. 15, in rural areas.
“You can help protect our coast
and marsh islands from disappearing by donating your discarded Christmas
trees to the project, “ Stouder said.
Southeastern has been participating
in a Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Christmas tree marsh restoration
project since 1992. Stouder said the program uses the “recycled” holiday
trees to construct sediment-collecting brush fences. Approximately 4,000
trees annually are placed in the Pass Manchac area.
“Every year thousands of Christmas
trees are discarded in the landfill where they take up valuable space and
serve no purpose,” Stouder said. “If these trees are donated to our project,
they will be of great service to us all.”
“We can only accept real trees
without tinsel, flocking, plastic wrapping or ornaments,” he added.
Questions about the project should
be directed to Stouder at 549-5355.