Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will again collect used Christmas trees in partnership with area businesses and government agencies as part of its annual Christmas tree collection effort designed to enhance wetland restoration efforts in the Pass Manchac area, a news release said.

Scientists at the university’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station use the trees to help build up marshland in areas that have been affected by erosion and other factors, Turtle Cove Manager Rob Moreau said.

Drop-off dates and sites include:

Dec. 26 through Mardi Gras from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hammond Maintenance facility, 18104 U.S. 190, next to Piggly Wiggly Super Market

Jan. 5 through the end of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Fridays, The Southeastern Sustainability Center, 2101 N. Oak St.

Turtle Cove trailer drop-off site at Middendorf’s Restaurant

Hammond will 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, the release said.

No flocked trees will be accepted. All trees should be stripped of any ornaments, lights, tinsel and stands.

Lowes in Hammond also will donate unsold trees.

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