St. John the Baptist Parish has partnered with Southeastern Louisiana University's Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station to recycle discarded Christmas trees at the Manchac site. Recycling trees helps to fight erosion and serves as an enhancement of the habitat for wetland animals. It also helps rebuild Louisiana's valuable marsh areas and prevents the loss of land along the coast.
Beginning January 5-13th, the Department of Public Works will collect trees around the parish for recycling. Residents should place their trees curbside for pick-up instead of discarding them in the landfill.
"This service to the community also provides protection along our coast and our wetland areas," said Parish President Natalie Robottom. For more information about the Southeastern Louisiana University Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station call Mr. Fred Stouder at 985- 549-5355.