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Christmas trees help fight coastal erosion in La.

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In Louisiana, Christmas trees aren't just for decorating and putting presents under. They're also being used to restore eroding coastal wetlands.

Both oil and gas exploration and federal flood control measures have eroded about 1,500 square miles of coastal wetlands since 1930. The state continues to lose about 30 square miles a year -- nearly a football field every half-hour.

State funding that used to help parishes with restoration projects has dried up and there is no immediate resolution in sight for lawsuits pending against oil and gas companies seeking funding.

So for years, Louisiana's parishes, especially those along the coast, have been collecting and placing discarded Christmas trees in the marshes to provide barriers against the encroaching Gulf.

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