Old Christmas trees a boon to dunes

New Jersey’s Island Beach State Park asked for 200 discarded Christmas trees. It got 2,000.
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What to do with the Christmas tree now that the holiday season is over? In many coastal communities, Christmas trees are used to build up dunes, which make the coastlines more resistant to storms and create features used by wildlife. At New Jersey’s Island Beach State Park, Christmas kept coming. And coming. The parked hoped to receive 200 discarded Christmas trees. Instead, it received 2,000 during a single-day drop-off event. That could come in handy at the state park, which is made up of nearly 1,900 acres of dunes and beaches.

Read more in the Asbury Park Press.