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.