Used Christmas Trees Bring Gift To NC Coast

Discarded Christmas tress could bring their own gift to people along North Carolina's Outer Banks.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reports that officials in Currituck County are collecting Christmas trees for a project to rebuild sand dunes damaged in a November storm.

Crews will tie the trees with biodegradable string to new sand fences installed about 10 feet from the base of the eroded dunes.

Officials say wind-blown sand will catch in the trees, helping to rebuild the dunes in a season or two.

The 60 mph winds and 7 inches of rain from the November storm washed away about half of the dune line protecting million-dollar beach homes in Corolla.


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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 4, 2010 at 02:54 PM
    Anon. Jan 4 6:21; are you kidding "million dollar home owners pick up trees", they are lobbying in Raleigh to get the tax payer to fix up their water front before summer. Remember you already have an increase in your insurance if there is a loss on beach property because of hurricanes or other natural causes.
  • by whs on Jan 4, 2010 at 05:01 AM
    Would cost me a tank of gas also. I think this is a great project maybe each county's central landfill could collect the trees and transport them.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2010 at 03:21 AM
    That's a great thing to do...however, it would cost me a tank of gas to drive there to take my tree. But if one of the million dollar homeowners is more than welcome to drive here to get it. :-) Seriously, I am for saving the beaches though.
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