Ditch A Tree, Preserve A Landmark

Folks on the Outer Banks can ditch their old Christmas trees while pitching in to preserve an historic landmark.

Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head is once again accepting discarded holiday trees, which they use to stabilize the southeastern portion of the park. Sand erosion has reduced the highest peak to about 85 feet tall, from an historical high of 140 feet during the

A lot of that sand has been blown to the south. Rangers use the Christmas trees to build collection fences, which keep material in the park and out of adjacent homes.