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Mar 15, 2012 6:09 AM by AP

National Guard helps recycle Xmas trees for marsh

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Call it a springtime Christmas present for the wetlands.

Louisiana National Guard helicopter crews carefully placed more than 100 bundles of recycled Christmas trees between guidelines in the Bayou Sauvage National Wetland Refuge to help fight erosion.

In all, the bundles held about 5,000 trees that otherwise would have ended up in landfills.

The National Guard says Tuesday's work completed an area that has helped restore almost 40 acres of marsh land. It was the third Christmas tree airdrop in that area.

The branches slow waves and trap soil. Over time the trees decompose, but the soil remains.

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