Effort helps raise money, shore up sand dunes

Published: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 08:52 AM.

James figured he’d try it.

“This is the first year that we have attempted to do this,” James said. “We didn’t have any expectations about this as far as people calling.”

James put out fliers and sent notices to the paper.

“People have called and scheduled appointments and mailed checks to our Junior Legion program,” James said. “The people that I’ve talked to on the phone have relayed to me that this is a great fundraising idea, not only just taking them down to the beach obviously, but some of these homeowners were doing that themselves. This just keeps them from having to do it themselves and they are more than happy to donate to us for providing that service for them.”

James dragged a trailer around James City, Carolina Pines and parts of Havelock over the last two Saturdays and managed to get 15 trees and raise $150 that will be used for equipment and field upkeep. James delivered the pile to the state park in Atlantic Beach.

“They will take those Christmas trees and bury them in the sand in the dune areas and protect them from the non-stop wind,” he said. “It holds the sand in place and allows for the different vegetation to grow and keeps the sand from just constantly eroding.”

Like sand fences, the partially buried trees slow the wind enough for sand grains to drop onto the ground and gather underneath the trees. Over time, a small dune forms.

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