Louisiana Air National Guard members hooked one ton bundles of donated Christmas trees on Thursday to helicopters which lifted them out to be dumped into the Joe Madere marsh in far New Orleans east.
This is the root of coastal restoration as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service builds new marsh, and this is important because Louisiana is losing parish at a tremendous rate. For Air National Guard crews it is valuable precision flying that prepares them for military missions and rescues.
Trees were planted there four years ago, and now tall marsh grass is flourishing which is also valuable spawning grounds for many species.