New Orleans, LA (February 2, 2013) – Super Bowl 2013 “Super Saturday of Service” teamed up volunteers with the National Football League to plant a record setting 7,000 trees, held previously by Dallas with 5,000. And for non-profit Hike for Katreena, it was a milestone day as they planted their 20,000th tree in six years. “We did it!” says Executive Director Connie Uddo.
Students participating in a Wetlands Youth Summit planted 3,000 trees in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. This second annual youth summit brought together 45 teens and local, state and federal officials to learn about Louisiana’s coastal protection and restoration projects. The event was held on the 16th annual World Wetlands Day.
The tree planting project, co-sponsored by the New Orleans Super Bowls XLVII Host Committee, hoped to bring national attention to Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coastline, which is losing a football field sized tract of land every hour.
The tree planting event was also sponsored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Future Leaders of America’s Gulf, the Youth Advisory Committee of Terrebonne Parish, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority and the Louisiana State University Coastal Sustainability Studio.
“This is another great example of sports programs and organizations across the country taking action to bring about a more sustainable future,” said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, a New Orleans native who recently announced she’ll leave the agency this spring. “At EPA, we know that, as America’s most beloved pastimes, sports events present huge opportunities to for us to reduce our environmental impact and spread the word about simple actions everyone can take to improve the areas where they live, work and play.”