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TreesAcadiana Begins June with a Bang

Scott Courtright, principal for Trinity Tree Consulting and a board member of the Urban Forestry Council, presented information detailing the steps for a successful canopy count at the 2013 TreesAcadiana general meeting which took place on May 28 at Pack and Paddle.

Scott Courtright, principal for Trinity Tree Consulting and a board member of the Urban Forestry Council, presented information detailing the steps for a successful canopy count at the 2013 TreesAcadiana general meeting which took place on May 28 at Pack and Paddle.

TreesAcadiana piqued its share of interest at the Grand Opening of the Farmers and Artisans Market at the Horse Farm with over 30 people adding their names to receive information and a new member joining the ranks.  Trees members manned Booth #10 from before the 8 a.m. opening until closing (officially at noon. – but later for break-down), fronting the exhibits and vendor spaces.  Many free seedlings found their way to homes – a constant goal for the group in its mission to “Keep Lafayette “treed.”

During the day, TreesAcadiana was joined by “sister” group members with Sierra Club and Friends of the Horse Farm –organizations that realize the value and seek fulfillment of the original promise to reserve the Horse Farm as a passive park.  While some clearing has taken place, maintaining underbrush and some dead trees is important for wildlife habitat.

Tim Andries’ Eagle Scout project that involved executing a canopy count on the 100-acre tract that makes up the Horse Farm, is being considered for national recognition by the Boy Scouts of America.

Tim Andries’ Eagle Scout project that involved executing a canopy count on the 100-acre tract that makes up the Horse Farm, is being considered for national recognition by the Boy Scouts of America.

The first day of the Horse Farm market – which is scheduled to repeat every Saturday of the week across from Mel’s Diner on Johnston Street – comes on the heels of TreesAcadiana’s annual general meeting.  At that meeting, hosted by Pack & Paddle on Pinhook, Scott Courtwright, one of the presenters at the Building Green Cities Workshop at SLCC and Suzannah DesRoches, Executive Director of the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council, addressed the group.  Of specific interest was the ongoing interest in providing a canopy count of Lafayette’s public lands.  Also making a presentation was Tim Andries, whose Eagle Scout project that mapped, identified and counted trees on the Horse Farm’s 100 acres has qualified him as a contender for national recognition by the Boy Scouts of America.

After seven years of dedication and monumental accomplishments, Sarah Schoeffler announced that she would step down as chair of the group.  Heather Finley assumes the helm.  Dennis Sullivan has been voted in as vice chair, Harold Schoeffler as treasurer and Theresa Rohloff as secretary.

TreesAcadiana’s officers and membership wish to thank all who support their mission.  The accomplishments we’ve achieved would not have been possible without the many members of the community, advocates for greener development and the many groups that and individuals who align with its appreciation and care of trees.

Executive Director of the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council Suzannah DesRoches addressed the group briefly with an update of the LUFC programs.

Executive Director of the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council Suzannah DesRoches addressed the group briefly with an update of the LUFC programs.

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