Christmas trees used to restore Sandy-damaged shores in Long Beach

Long Beach officials and volunteers are launching a

Long Beach officials and volunteers are launching a coastline restoration project. (January 27, 2013 5:59 PM)

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Most Christmas trees are thrown out or chopped into mulch at the end of the holiday season, but in Long Beach, some formerly festive conifers are now serving a higher purpose.

Long Beach officials and volunteers are launching a coastline restoration project today. They're aiming to replenish the beaches by piling up 3,000 Christmas trees to build up the dunes that were lost to the storm.

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