Texas coast uses Christmas trees to rebuild storm-ravaged dunes

Surfside Beach (Etats-Unis) (AFP) – Toni Capretta stands on a patch of Texas’s Gulf coast where just seven months earlier the dunes were nearly her height. Now they are gone. Her town of Surfside Beach comes alive during the summer months, when Texans flock to the coast, but the landscape’s saving grace is straight out of a winter wonderland: the beloved Christmas tree. The recycled evergreens are used to construct new dune barriers to protect the sensitive area from the ravages of powerful storms. Every winter, the Save our Beach association, which Capretta heads, gathers hundreds of voluntee…

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