NEW ORLEANS, LA – One thousand trees will be given away to New Orleans residents at the second annual citywide Big TREEsy giveaway, hosted by the local organization Hike for KaTREEna in partnership with the City’s Department of Parks and Parkways. The event will take place Saturday morning at the Parks and Parkways headquarters, 2829 Gentilly Boulevard.
“We are thrilled to partner again with Hike for KaTREEna to provide our residents with free trees to help reforest our city, said Parks and Parkways Director Ann Macdonald. “These trees will not only add to the beauty of our community, they will offer endless environmental benefits.”
Hike for KaTREEna is a non-profit organization whose mission is to replant over 100,000 trees to replace those lost to Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac. The trees have been provided by a grant from the Apache Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Apache Corporation.
The following types will be available: Little Gem Magnolia, Japanese Magnolia, Mimosa, Tulip Poplar, Mayhaw, Red Maple, Red Bud, Red Mulberry, Fringe, Southern Red Cedar, Lobloloy Pine, Crape Myrtle, Green Ash, Bald Cypress, Live Oak and Pecan.
Urban foresters, landscape architects, and horticulturalists from the City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways will be on site to assist residents in the selection of their trees and provide a seminar on proper tree planting and care. The 3-5 gallon trees are limited to two per household.
This Big TREEsy Giveaway is a program by Hike for KaTREEna, a non-profit organization whose mission is to replant over 100,000 trees lost to Hurricane Katrina, and now Hurricane Isaac. Hike for KaTREEna was a member of the 2013 New Orleans Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee’s Environmental Committee, charged with executing all environmental initiatives for Super Bowl XLVII.
WHAT: Citywide Big TREEsy Giveaway
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Department of Parks & Parkways
2829 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, LA 70122