HAMMOND, La. (BRPROUD) — For the 27th year in a row, Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) will be accepting Christmas tree donations for wetland restoration.
“We can put the old Christmas trees to work in our area marshland while also reducing the waste stream going into landfills,” said Rob Moreau, manager of Southeastern’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station located on Pass Manchac between Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas.
Moreau said the trees will help create new habitats for wildlife and control erosion along shorelines. Additionally, the program provides educational opportunities for students and volunteers.
According to SLU, 40,000 trees have been deployed in the wetlands since the inception of the program.
“The city of Hammond will again provide transport of collected trees to the Turtle Cove Galva Canal parking lot area in Manchac, where they will be stored until they are deployed in the marshes in the spring,” Moreau said. “Small groups of students and volunteers will socially distance and wear masks to help deploy the trees, unless, of course, the pandemic conditions dictate otherwise.”
Donated trees must have ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands, nails and screws removed. No flocked trees will be accepted.
SLU officials said Christmas trees can be dropped off at the following locations:
Hammond Maintenance facility
- When: Jan. 4 through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Address: 18104 Hwy 190
- Notes: Trees should be dropped off using the gate on Falcon Drive next to Piggly Wiggly.
Southeastern Sustainability Center
- When: Jan. 10 through end of the month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday
- Address: 2101 North Oak Street
- When: Beginning Jan. 7
- Address: 30160 Hwy 51 S., Akers (Manchac), LA 70421
For more information about this program, click here.
Officials said donations for this program are welcomed. Checks must be made payable to Southeastern Foundation — c/o Turtle Cove and mailed to Southeastern Box 10585, Hammond, LA 70402. Donations can also be made online at Turtle Cove’s website.