La. National Guard conducts Christmas Tree Drop in Bayou

A Louisiana National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment lowers a bundle of recycled Christmas trees into Bayou Sauvage during the annual Christmas Tree Drop in New Orleans, April 2, 2015. The trees will create a wave break to trap sediment and restore marshland as part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office/RELEASED)
A Louisiana National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment lowers a bundle of recycled Christmas trees into Bayou Sauvage during the annual Christmas Tree Drop in New Orleans, April 2, 2015. The trees will create a wave break to trap sediment and restore marshland as part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie, Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office/RELEASED)

NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana National Guard’s 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Orleans officials participated in the annual Christmas Tree Drop in Bayou Sauvage in eastern New Orleans, April 2, 2015.

Recycled Christmas trees are used to establish a wave break in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. These tree jetties will create new productive marsh habitat by trapping sediment and building up a plantable structure which will eventually support native marsh grasses. The project has re-established about 175 acres of marsh in Bayou Sauvage NWR.

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