In 2006 and 2007 Parkway Partners planted 265 trees to restore the urban forest in New Orleans that had been damaged by the hurricanes. More than 50,000 trees on public grounds were lost due to the storms and the flooding that followed, and some foresters estimate that New Orleans lost 70% of its tree canopy. In a project that involved citizens and many local organizations, trees were planted on medians, streets and parks in New Orleans. Specifically, trees were planted on Elysian Fields Avenue, which used to be lined with stately magnolias and other beautiful trees. Parkway Partners coordinated their planting dates with the Jefferson Parish to promote a regional reforestation effort and a ceremony was held with the City of New Orleans' Department of Parks and Parkways. A citizen forester training and educational workshops were also conducted in conjunction with this project.
This project was supported by our corporate partner, the Alcoa Foundation.
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