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NC - North Topsail Beach Homeowners Reuse Christmas Trees to Build up Dunes

Beachfront property owners in North Topsail Beach are placing donated Christmas trees along the oceanfront this week in a town-wide effort to protect the dunes.

Since the Sunday after Christmas, anyone with a holiday tree they need to dispose of can drop it off at the collection site on the north end of the New Jeffries lot, located at BA 31B, 315 New River Inlet Road.

Property owners are able to pick up the donated trees to place on the dunes behind their houses themselves. It’s an easy way to promote sand accumulation in their backyards.

“You never know around here when sand’s coming or going,” North Topsail Beach Public Works Director Scott Anders said. “So every little bit helps, and it’s just a good way to get rid of a tree at the end of the day.”

As the unornamented trees lay on the beach, their branches and needles capture sand that is being blown around, helping to naturally build up the dunes.

The program will continue through mid-January. Prior to dropping off, Christmas lights and ornaments must be removed from the trees. The pick up is “first come, first serve,” according to the town, with no limit on the number of trees one property owner can take.

Anyone who is unable to collect trees themselves for any reason can submit an online request for assistance and the town will send volunteers to place the evergreens.

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