EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -Jeff Winston is taking the job of maintaining the Jersey Shore coastline into his own hands.  The Chair of the East Brunswick Arts Commission, Board of Education member, and EB Gentleman Farmer will accept trees dropped off at his house at 44 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick before 8:00 am on Saturday morning.  Please do not leave trees after that time.

Says Winston, "My family loves the Jersey Shore. We thought it was a great way to help out an area that gives us so much happiness every year."

Island Beach State Park will be accepting donations of Christmas trees on January 4 for the improvement of dune health. The donated Christmas trees help build dunes by capturing sand that is pushed by northeasterly winds, according to the park's Facebook page.

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Winston will drop off your tree - free of lights and other decorations - at the A23 parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 4.

Island Beach State Park staff will be available to help.

According to Coastal Review, “The trees provide cover for the birds during the winter, and the birds deposit seeds while in the trees. The trees quickly decompose, providing nutrients for the seeds. The seeds germinate and vegetation is reclaimed. When we have hurricanes that damage our dunes system we can lay the trees out in rows, and they catch the sand as the wind blows it down the beach. Works better than a sand fence.”

More information: 2020 Christmas Tree Recycling at IBSP

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