Airlift brings old Christmas trees to Louisiana marsh

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Used Christmas trees are helping to rebuild a Louisiana marsh as part of a Christmas tradition months after the holiday.

National Guard helicopters airlifted the trees Wednesday to the Bayou Sauvage Urban National Wildlife Refuge.

New Orleans officials and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service joined the effort to place the bundles of trees in water at the urban area wildlife refuge.

New Orleans is among Louisiana communities that collect the trees shortly after Christmas annually.

The trees are placed along Louisiana’s eroding coast to stop wave action and trap sediment to rebuild land.