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TreesAcadian Readies for Another Arbor Day

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it comes to planting trees, Lafayette residents can depend on TreesAcadiana taking an active role in organizing an event. Louisiana Arbor Day, always the third Friday in January, marks the time when the group is preparing for its most ambitious programs of the year.

For 2014, TreesAcadiana is currently soliciting orders from public and private schools in participation of its education program and distribution of potentially a thousand seedlings in addition to 15-gallon and three-gallon native trees. Seedling orders must be submitted by participating schools no later than January 10. Orders for potted trees must be turned in by December 20, 2013. The potted trees include the school’s choice between an Ironwood, Catapa, Cliftonia, Native Persimmon, Silver Bell, Ash Magnilia, Tupelo Gum, or Black Cherry in a 15-gal pot or Willow Oak or Live Oak in a 3-gallon pot.

TreesAcadiana members will be delivering the seedlings and trees to the schools one or two days before Arbor Day.  Sorting and organizing the deliveries takes place at the home of Harold and Sarah Schoeffler. Volunteers to help with sorting are welcome.

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Planting live oaks along Louisiana Avenue has been a long-term project started around 2010 as an Eagle Scout project sponsored by TreesAcadiana.

For this year’s planting, TreesAcadiana members and volunteers will be planting trees in the median along Louisiana Avenue, north of Interstate 10, between Butcher Switch and Maryview Farms Road.  Planting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 18.

The project provides a great opportunity for community service by students and organizations tracking service hours.  Additionally, anyone wanting bare-root seedlings to plant at their home may request what is available for free by coming to the planting site. How long the planting will continue depends on how many volunteers show up to help.

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Teachers express a great appreciation for the beautiful trees for their campus like this one that was delivered to J. Wallace James Elementary.

For additional information about the planting, contact Heather Finley, TreesAcadiana Chair, at 337 234-5932 or any other TreesAcadiana past or present officer.  Ask your favorite school’s administrators if they are participating in Louisiana Arbor Day.

TreesAcadiana encourages schools to participate in Arbor Day plantings year after year. Sometimes a school group will designate their tree as a memorial planting.

TreesAcadiana encourages schools to participate in Arbor Day plantings year after year. Sometimes a school group will designate their tree as a memorial planting.

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