Recycling Christmas Trees in Fort Macon

Throughout the past 30 years, Fort Macon State Park in Carteret County has used Christmas trees to strengthen the dunes along the beach. This area receives about 1,500 trees each year. The trees are staked in areas where the dunes have been depleted. Eventually, the tree limbs catch the sand and replenish the dunes. In addition, birds leave their droppings improving the vegetation of future dunes. Randy Newman, the park's superintendent says, "We're able to use Christmas trees to repair the damage and keep the park open instead of limiting our visiting capacity". This method of using trees to regenerate ensures that 422 acres of the park remain fully accessible for the many visitors each year. Learning about this creative method of tree recycling can help with new ideas for the future.

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