Since 2010, BTNEP has partnered with Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government on the Christmas Tree Recycling Project, which uses the discarded trees to fill cribs in the water along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to protect the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge shoreline from erosion from passing boat traffic and to provide habitat for fish. Our partner, Bayou Grace Community Service, has provided the volunteers for the project each January with volunteers from the University of Buffalo returning each year since 2012.