An Overview of Louisiana's 1991-92 Christmas Tree-Brush Fence Program

by Ed Fike, Coastal Environments, Inc, Baton Rouge, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico


A project to alleviate coastal land loss in Louisiana through the construction of sediment-trap fencing using recycled Christmas trees is described. It has been demonstrated that Christmas tree fences can provide protection to eroding marshes and, possibly, cause the accretion of sediments which in turn facilitates the re-establishment of emergent vegetation. The fences further function as habitat for marine dependent organisms. The project implementation mechanisms from collection, storage and staging of trees to construction of pens and transportation and placement of trees in the pens is discussed.

Subject Headings: Trees | Fences | Sediment | Project management | Land use | Erosion | Coastal management | Louisiana | United States

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