Out On A Limb

Tree professionals urge restoration and protection of urban canopy
By Sheila Grissett
New Orleans, LA (September 17, 2006)- Katrina dealt a devastating blow to one of the most cherished and distinctive features of the local landscape: the canopy of oaks, magnolias, pines, ash and cypress that made New Orleans and its suburbs among the leafiest cities in the nation. But the cleanup is proving nearly as destructive as the hurricane’s initial strike.

Local rules that once guided the care of trees were suspended or ignored in the storm’s immediate aftermath, which loosed an army of public employees, private firms, utility companies, government contractors, frightened homeowners and a miscellany of hired hands to deal with trees as they saw fit.
Katrina-Rita Impacted Urban Forests