NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways and Hike for KaTREEna announced a Tree Giveaway. One thousand native Louisiana trees will be given out at no charge to the residents of New Orleans to help in the restoration of their communities following Hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. This event is open to the public and will include a seminar on proper tree planting and care provided by Bayou Tree Service.
The giveaway will take place Saturday, January 5, 2013, from 9 am until 12 noon at Joe W. Brown Memorial Park, 10900 Lake Forest Blvd. Parks and Parkway’s Urban Foresters, Landscape Architects and Horticulturalists will be on hand to assist with tree selection of the 3-5 gallon trees. There is a limit of 2 trees per household.
“We are excited to partner with Hike for Katreena in the further reforestation of our beautiful city,” said Parks and Parkways Director Ann Macdonald. “Trees are not only esthetically pleasing they offer endless environmental benefits such as water management and reduce the effects of the urban heat island.”
Hike for KaTREEna is a non-profit organization whose mission is to replant over 100,000 trees lost to Hurricane Katrina, and now Hurricane Isaac. Hike for KaTREEna is a member of the 2013 New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee’s Environmental Committee. The Environmental Committee is charged with executing all environmental initiatives for Super Bowl XLVII. The trees have been generously provided by a grant from the Apache Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Apache Corporation.