Downtown Lafayette, Ind.

Downtown Lafayette, Ind. Credit: Rob Slaven Photography

Project Location:
Lafayette, Ind.

Key Activities:

  • Planting 86 trees at Jefferson High School and other area schools
  • Engaging students in tree planting and education
  • Restoring trees to a deforested area
  • Distributed 1,400 seedlings to area residents

Project Description:
Alcoa Foundation, American Forests and Tree Lafayette are partnering to plant 86 trees at Jefferson High School, the adjacent Tecumseh Junior High School and other area schools, while conducting additional education events that are engaging almost 2,000 students.

Why This Project:
Jefferson High School was built more than 50 years ago in a heavily wooded area. As the biggest public high school in the greater Lafayette area, additional wooded area has been lost over the years around the school as space was needed for new facilities and activities. With this project, we are helping restore trees around the school’s football stadium, which caused the removal of trees and wooded area upon being built in 2004.

Why Lafayette:
Lafayette recently completed installation of a stormwater tunnel that cost millions of dollars to construct. Urban trees are natural stormwater management tools, also known as green infrastructure, as they slow rainfall from hitting and soaking the ground, while the roots absorb additional water, reducing flooding. In addition, they help filter the water before it reaches tunnel and pipe systems. When mature, the trees planted in this project will intercept thousands of gallons of stormwater, preventing it from overtaxing the new pipe system.