Be a Tree Trooper

by Charlie London

Parkway Partners to Announce Five-Year Plan to Further Reforest Orleans Parish and Strengthen Neighborhoods.

30th Anniversary Celebration Will Kick Off Even Greater Public-Private Preservation,
Beautification and Maintenance

TIME: 10:00AM
WHEN: Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012
WHERE: New Orleans Healing Center
2372 St. Claude Ave.

I contacted Jean Fahr of Parkway Partners who said that New Orleans is the most deforested city in America because of Hurricane Katrina. Parkway Partners has already put over 10,000 trees in the ground and is going to put over 10,000 more over the next five years.

How can you help? Be a Tree Trooper!

Parkway Partners, in collaboration with The City of New Orleans’ Department of Parks and Parkways, has created the highly respected Tree Troopers Training. This 12-hour training course is held once a year and is free and open to the public!

Topics range from tree selection, to proper planting and pruning techniques, watering, pest and disease control, and garnering community support.

Trained Tree Troopers then take their knowledge back to their communities and spearhead tree plantings, maintenance and pest control, thus improving their own neighborhoods. Besides replanting trees, this program is a community builder, bringing neighbors together while teaching environmental responsibility and ownership.

Parkway Partners always tries to enlist trained Tree Troopers when it plants trees in a neighborhood, as this better ensures the survival and longevity of the trees.

Monday, September 10 – Wednesday, September 12, 4-7pm at The New Orleans Healing Center, and Saturday, September 15 at Parkway Partners, time TBD.

For more information, please click here or on the tree above.