Curbs across New Jersey will be peppered with discarded Christmas trees starting Thursday, but an Ocean County park has a better idea.
Island Beach State Park will accept donated Christmas trees on Jan. 4 and use them to improve dune health.
Donated trees help build dunes by capturing sand that is pushed by northeasterly winds, according to a New Jersey State Parks, Forests & Historic Sites Facebook post. Beaches up and down the east coast utilize discarded trees for dune restoration, like in Alabama and Virginia.
Almost 69,000 trees are cut each year in New Jersey, according to the Department of Agriculture—so there’s likely plenty of households to draw from.
New Jerseyans can drop off their tree, free of lights and decorations, at the A23 parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 4. The A23 parking lot is 8.5 miles into Island Beach State Park.
Staff will be on site to assist in stacking trees in the southeast corner of the parking lot.
For more information, call IBSP at (732) 793-1315.d