Baton Rouge Green, in a partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation, Texas Roadhouse and FedEx, will distribute up to 1,000 new trees on Saturday to Livingston Parish residents.
The trees, in 3-gallon containers, are free and offered to replace trees damaged and destroyed by the 2016 flood, a news release said.
“The 2016 floods damaged homes, properties and impacted our environment,” said Robert Seemann, program director of Baton Rouge Green. “With this tree giveaway, Baton Rouge Green hopes to help offset landscape damages and canopy loss in our area.”
The Louisiana Tree Recovery Campaign, an effort of Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery, a national program underwritten by FedEx and foundation members, aims to replace trees in communities affected by natural disasters throughout the United States.
Baton Rouge Green staff and volunteers will be distributing the trees from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Denham Springs High School. Trees are limited to two per household.
“Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or shopping district, increase property values by up to 18 percent, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.”
To donate to recovery efforts supported by the campaign or other across the country, visit www.arborday.org/recovery.