Around Jefferson: Christmas tree recycling begins on Jan. 7 _lowres

Advocate file photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Volunteers move recycled trees from a staging area into the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou during Jefferson Parishs Christmas tree recycling in 2014.

Christmas trees will be collected curbside throughout unincorporated areas of Jefferson Parish as well as in Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte and Westwego on Jan. 7-9 and will be recycled for marsh restoration or composting.

Kriss Fortunato, public information officer for Jefferson Parish, said residents should place trees curbside on the evening of Jan. 6. Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on Jan. 7, 8 and 9.

“Residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands and plastic bags from their Christmas trees,” Fortunato said in an email. “Artificial, flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the program.

“This year’s project involves two phases. Some of the trees will be placed in the marsh, refurbishing previously constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte to help protect and restore Jefferson’s coastal wetlands. And others will be brought to Wood Materials LLC to be chipped and used for composting.”

Although the state no longer provides funding for Christmas tree marsh restoration projects, Fortunato said Jefferson Parish is able to continue the project “thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 from DynoNobel, the cooperative efforts of Wood Materials, Cochiara’s Marina, and with the help of volunteers.”

Volunteers are also needed, Fortunato said, particularly those with shallow draft boats to move trees from a Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. on Jan. 9 and again on Jan. 16 at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte, to move trees to Goose Bayou, near the town of Jean Lafitte. If volunteer turnout allows completion of the project on Jan. 9, the event on Jan. 16 will be canceled.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, wear layered clothing including long pants, long sleeved shirt and closed-toe, sturdy shoes. Hats and sunscreen are recommended. Gloves, safety glasses, life vests, lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For information or to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.

Last night for park lights

The Christmas in the Park light display ends Wednesday night in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie.

The exhibit will open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 9:30 p.m.

The entrance fee is $5 per vehicle, and proceeds go to future light displays, improvements and maintenance.

The Downs Boulevard entrance will close at 5 p.m. Vehicles must enter the park only from West Napoleon Avenue entrance and then exit at Downs Boulevard. The West Napoleon Avenue gate will close at 9 p.m.

Harp concert

Katherine Siochi, the newly appointed American Harp Society Concert artist, will be featured at the free New Orleans Harp Society concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Siochi has performed in New York at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, as well as at the Orchestra Hall of Minneapolis. She has played with the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the New World Symphony and the Orchestra Iowa.

For information, call (504) 889-8143.

Happy 2016

Here’s wishing everyone a healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at