Baton Rouge Green pushing to restore city’s tree canopy

Baton Rouge, LA (October 5, 2008)- Baton Rouge Green is mounting a campaign to Re-Green Baton Rouge after Hurricane Gustav’s devastation of the city’s urban forest. The city lost much of its tree canopy three years ago during hurricanes Katrina and Rita and even more with the construction boom that followed. Early projections indicate that the city lost anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of its remaining trees on Sept. 1 when 80+ mile-an-hour winds blew through the Capital City, according to Baton Rouge Green.


With thousands of trees on the ground and many on homes and businesses, the post- storm “chain-saw backlash” is taking a further toll on the canopy as people who fear damage from future storms remove even more trees, according to a press release.
Baton Rouge Green is reminding the city that “trees offer incredible value to homes and businesses and are critically important to the quality of life in Louisiana. Trees remove CO2 from the air; increase property values; reduce cooling costs; help shade concrete and cool neighborhoods; reduce storm water runoff, resulting in less flooding and erosion; allow homeowners to grow their own fruit; and provide homes for birds and other wildlife.”
The proper selection, placement, and maintenance of trees can greatly reduce the loss of trees and the damage to property caused by future storms.
Two events will take place in October to kick off the campaign:
* “Plant Smart Baton Rouge,” a Re-Green Baton Rouge panel discussion, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane. A group of arborists, horticulturists and landscape professionals will discuss the proper selection, placement and maintenance of trees for your yard. Printed materials will also be available. BREC and the Kean Miller Law Firm sponsor Plant Smart, presented by Baton Rouge Green.
* BRG will hold its Fall Tree-for-All tree sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Entergy Office, 5564 Essen Lane.
Live oaks, crape myrtles, magnolias, cypresses, silverbells, dogwoods, redbuds, fruit trees – the many types of trees that can be planted in our climate will be among the offerings. Tree planting season is October through March in Baton Rouge, and now is the time to select new trees. Experts will be on hand to help with selections. BRG members will receive a 10 percent discount on tree purchases. The event is being sponsored by Entergy, Country Roads magazine, the Alliance for Community Trees, and The Home Depot Foundation.
For more information, contact Baton Rouge Green at 225-381-0037.
Related Resources:
The Advocate- Baton Rouge Green pushing to restore city’s tree canopy
ReGreen Baton Rouge Flyer
Baton Rouge Green