Jefferson Parish cancels Saturday marsh project due to 'huge success' already

Jefferson Parish officials have cancelled Saturday's Christmas tree marsh restoration volunteer project "due to the huge success of this past weekend’s volunteer event. They thanked everyone who has already participated.

"As a result of the turnout on ... Jan. 11, we were able to place several thousand trees in pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near the town of Jean Lafitte to help protect Jefferson Parish’s coastal wetlands," the government administration said. "Several groups contributed to

the significant result of this year’s project, including volunteers and court-appointed community service workers.

"Additionally, a number of boats and crews were provided by the ... Sheriff’s Office and local fire departments including East Bank Consolidated, Kenner, Lafitte-Barataria-Crown Point, Avondale, Live Oak Manor and Westwego. Several Jefferson Parish departments contributed to the project’s success including Parkways, Streets, Recreation, Fleet Management, Emergency Management, Juvenile Services and Environmental Affairs.

"Although the state has discontinued funding Christmas tree marsh restoration projects throughout the state, Jefferson Parish is able to continue this popular project thanks to a generous donation of $25,000 from DynoNobel allowing trees to be beneficially re-used to protect and create coastal wetlands, and thanks to the cooperative effort of Wood Materials LLC in accepting some of the trees for beneficial re-use at its composting facility."

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