Soon after Christmas, the Brigantine Department of Public Works encourages residents to drop off their discarded holiday trees to be used to build dunes. A great idea that saves money and the environment.
Brigantine has been building Christmas tree dunes for over 25 years.
Workers lay the dry trees lengthwise to help catch sand and establish another level of dune protection.
Each year, Brigantine Public Works decides where to build a tree dune, based on need.
Discarded christmas trees act like snow fences. They catch the wind blown sand.
This Brigantine tree dune system is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Much better than dredging, pumping and bulldozing man-made sand berms… like they do in Margate and Atlantic City.
Brigantine receives hundreds of trees each year for the project.
The tree helps stabilize dune growth. It eventually deteriorates under the sand and becomes fertilizer. This process feeds & nourishes dune grass.