New London, Conn.

Christmas trees ‘planted’ to stem beach erosion

Unsold Christmas trees that turned brown months ago have a new use. The Day of New London reported that at three Connecticut beaches, the evergreens lie at the tops and waterside edges of dunes flattened by Hurricane Sandy. The trees capture new sand and help hold what was left after last October’s storm. The trees are used at Mitchell Beach in New London and Waterford Town Beach and Old Black Point Beach in East Lyme. A group of student volunteers put up snow fencing and placed about 40 trees end-to-end along the dunes in the winter. The trees, which are from a local store’s unsold stock, will help protect dunes that are critical for stabilizing beaches and preventing inland flooding.