Jefferson Parish to Celebrate National NeighborWoods Month

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Kenner, La. – October 1, 2006. Louisiana Urban Forest Council (LUFC) and Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful today announced that they will plant/maintain 1,375 trees as part of their Jefferson-Orleans NeighborWoods Rebuilding Project. These events are eight of more than 100 regreening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods Month by the national nonprofit, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT). Louisiana Urban Forest Council and Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful are members of ACT’s NeighborWoods Network.

October 20 will be a full day of plantings, official proclamations, and recognition of the joint Jefferson-Orleans efforts. Among those in attendance will be John F. Young, Jr (Chairman, Jefferson Parish Council), Aaron Broussard (President, Jefferson Parish), and Oliver M. Thomas, Jr. (President, Orleans Parish Council- invited). This project helps to lay the groundwork for the recently announced, first-ever, Joint Session of the Councils. In preparation for the October 20 event, volunteers will prepare various locations around Jefferson Parish for plantings.
“It’s great to be working on an important regreening effort at a time when other organizations are doing so as well,” said Joe Baucum. “Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests.”
LUFC and Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful’s celebration will take place as follows:
Oct 14, 15, and 16- 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Lafreniere Park at Veterans Memorial and Downs Blvds., Kenner.
Oct 17 and 18- 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Gretna City Park (Westbank of New Orleans), Gretna.
Oct 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 block of Bonnabel Blvd. and other Eastbank streets, Metairie.
Oct 21, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Various streets along the Eastbank of Jefferson Parish. Call for details.
Oct 28, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Town Hall, Jean Lafitte.
Read the full Louisiana Urban Forestry Council press release. (PDF)