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Synopsis of 2nd Place Gulf Guardian Awards

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Project #: HAB 2000-24
Company: Texaco Exploration and Production, Inc., New Orleans LA
Project Name: Jefferson Parish Christmas Tree Marsh Restoration Program
Category: Partnership
Project Type: Habitat

    Each spring for the last 10 years, Texaco has been a cooperating partner, along with others, to enhance and restore Jefferson Parish wetlands by placing discarded Christmas trees into wetlands. Texaco's involvement with this project includes the use of barges to store the trees, use of Texaco contracted vessels to move these barges to deposit sites and volunteer employee manpower, first to bundle and then to place these bundled trees into previously installed cribbing. This project has a two-fold environmental impact. It saves landfill space and it allows for enhancement and restoration of wetlands.

    Since 1991, by using trees to rebuild wetlands, both enhancing wetlands and saving valuable landfill space, Jefferson Parish has recycled over 500,000 Christmas trees. Hundreds of acres of wetlands are protected by shoreline cribs and over 50 acres are being restored by closure of dead-end, abandoned, oil field access canals. This project also has the value of increasing public awareness of wetland loss, solid waste issues and conservation of natural resources.

Date Posted: 18 April 2000

Gulf of Mexico Program Office
Mail Code: EPA/GMPO
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