Wilmington, NC


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach residents brought their Christmas trees to the sand this Saturday for the 6th Annual Dune Restoration Project. More than 200 people came out.

The town gathers the trees after the holiday, brings them to the beach and plants them about 10 feet apart along the front edge of the dunes. The trees capture the sand as it blows and strengthens the dune system. The set-up protects the neighboring homes and businesses which, was an effective tool during Hurricane Florence.

“These kind of events are going to happen more and more with climate change and sea level rise,” said Cape Fear Surfrider Chapter Vice Chair David Jacobs. “This is an important way to at least try to help protect the dune system.”

Jacobs says these trees would normally be deposited at a landfill. The trees are biodegradable and don’t damage the natural beach ecosystem.

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