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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