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The Navy base where SEALs train is being protected by Christmas trees | Pilot Online

When the Chesapeake Bay’s wind-blown waves crash into the shore, they can take precious sand back into the water with them.

That constant threat of erosion often leads to expensive beach nourishment projects, and in some cases to people abandoning waterfront homes.

 But the Navy has found another way to shore up the shoreline at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, which is home to Navy SEALs, amphibious warships and expeditionary combat forces.

The bayfront base asks sailors and civilians who work there to donate their used Christmas trees each January so they can help stabilize the base’s sand dunes. In some cases, the base also will get trees donated from local Christmas tree lots.

“The dunes serve as a structure to protect not only our training beaches, but also our infrastructure such as our buildings,” said Sharon Waligora, environmental director for the joint base.

Source: The Navy base where SEALs train is being protected by Christmas trees | Pilot Online