The old trees will protect the sands from erosion. Trees at the Shore can aid and improve the dune systems on the beaches by forming sand and soil erosion barriers, capturing sand that is pushed by northeasterly winds. 

For those in the area Island Beach State Park is accepting Christmas trees — free of ornaments, lights and other decorations — on Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the A-23 parking lot.