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Help Build Dunes: Ortley Beach Seeking Discarded Christmas Trees

Ortley Beach's oceanfront, Oct. 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Ortley Beach’s oceanfront, Oct. 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A long-time Jersey Shore tradition in some towns has expanded following Superstorm Sandy’s landfall in 2012.

Christmas trees, when laid on the ocean beach sand at the dune line, can help collect additional sand and increase the overall size of the protective dune. This year, Toms River officials are asking for help collecting trees for use in the Ortley Beach section.

Between now and Feb. 1, Christmas trees may be brought to the Lord House lifeguard station, located between 3rd and 4th avenues in Ortley Beach and placed inside the fence. The trees will then be placed on the dunes by township public works personnel, in order to promote dune growth.

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Officials have asked that those who donate do not place trees directly on the beach. Also, an announcement from the township said, ensure that all ornaments, lights, tinsel, garland etc. have been removed from the trees.

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