NEW ORLEANS, LA- Mayor Landrieu announced yesterday that the City, through the Louisiana Christmas Tree Program, has processed nearly 8,000 Christmas trees for wetlands restoration. "I greatly appreciate the cooperation among all those who partnered with our City to make this happen," said Mayor Landrieu. "Together, we saved thousands of trees that would have otherwise been thrown out to waste. This effort is critical to help rebuild and preserve our wetlands." The City's Department of Sanitation, Office of Coastal and Environmental Affairs and the Materials Management Group led the effort to collect, sort, and bundle 7,000 Christmas trees, and shred over 700 trees for recycling. Volunteers from Playworks NOLA and Walker & Dunlop also assisted with this effort. Today, the Louisiana National Guard began collecting the trees via helicopter and depositing them in pre-selected coastal zones as determined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The strategic placing of trees in wetland habitats will stimulate the formation of new marsh, and provide areas for fish and wildlife to flourish.