By Brad Rhines
New Orleans, LA (January 30, 2012)- More and more folks have been putting down roots in New Orleans during recent years, as groups have branched out around the city in a commitment to expanding local green spaces. On Thursday, neighbors will gather in the Bywater to celebrate the planting of the 10,000th tree since the storm and floods of 2005 marred many of New Orleans’ landscapes.
In the upper Ninth Ward, the Bywater Neighborhood Association has been active in planting trees along North Rampart Street, and a group of Dauphine-Montegut neighbors have been planting greenery along Dauphine Street, all in an attempt to spruce up the Bywater’s streetscape. Meanwhile, Parkway Partners, a non-profit organization working with the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways, has assisted more than 37 neighborhood organizations in planting efforts around New Orleans.
On Thursday, as part of a planting project organized by the BNA, the groups come together in the Desire-North Rampart area to plant an additional 50 trees. The ceremonial planting of the 10,000th tree is meant to call attention to the importance of urban trees and to acknowledge the many individuals and groups who participate in the reforestation of our city. The public is invited to the Thursday events, which will be from 1 to 2 p.m. in the 1000 block of Desire Street.