Arbor Day Volunteers Needed!

More than 30 volunteers braved the cold with TreesAcadiana, last year, to plant ten live oaks along the median of South City Parkway for Louisiana Arbor Day.

In two weeks or less, TreesAcadiana embarks upon one of its most long-standing projects of the year.  In addition to its massive distribution of over 3,000 seedlings to area schools in time for Louisiana Arbor Day, the group is preparing for its community tree planting on at 9 AM on Saturday, January 21.  In keeping with the Building Green Cities Workshop idea of revitalizing older neighborhoods – also embraced by Lafayette Consolidated Government – TreesAcadiana will be planting the Arbor Day trees in the Freetown Port Rico Neighborhood as the beginning of a Linear Park/Buffer Zone along the Rail Road tracks on Garfield between Taft and the Warehouse on Garfield.

“Volunteers provide an important and rewarding part of TreesAcadiana’s Arbor Day project,” said their president Sarah Schoeffler. “When we plant a tree that will grace our city for generations, it gives us an opportunity to embrace our city’s future.”  She added, “We will be planting 38 Native Trees and will need lots of help. Hopefully we will have most of the holes pre-dug, but bring your shovels to back-fill.”

Last year, ten live oaks were planted along the new boulevard extending from Johnston Street to Robley near the South Regional Branch Library.  That planting was completed within 30 minutes due to the number of volunteers who rallied to the call, despite freezing temperatures.  This year, thanks goes to Ken and Deborah Simeral, who will have the Warehouse at Garfield open for bathrooms and serving coffee and more.

In addition to planting, TreesAcadiana will be mailing education packets, and members will be dividing and sorting seedlings for deliveries to no less than 21 schools participating in this year’s Arbor Day activities.  Tribute for helping make all this possible also goes to Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development- District 3, the AIA South Louisiana Chapter Architects, Corne-Lemaire Group and MBSB Architects, Licensed Arborist Jim Foret, Parish Council President Joey Durel, the cities and mayors of Scott, Carencro and Youngsville, “Keep Abbeville Beautiful”/City of Abbeville, the League of Women Voters, Lafayette Parish Master Gardeners, the Lafayette Garden Club, the Acadiana Group of Sierra Club, Pack and Paddle, Van Eaton Romero, and the publishers of Natural Awakenings Magazine out of Carencro, Michelle and Steve Castille.

To get information, e-mail, call 234-4042 or visit the TreesAcadiana FaceBook page.

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