Many Denham Springs area yards have new trees this week thanks to a program designed to replace trees destroyed in the 2016 flood.
On Saturday, Baton Rouge Green and its partners gave away all 1,000 trees at Denham Springs High School to hundreds of residents.
"We were moved by how much they (the residents) appreciated the no-strings gift toward recovery," said Sage Roberts Foley, executive director of Baton Rouge Green.
"Citizens told us about losing everything, still fighting to recover and what this gift meant to them. It was so rewarding," she said. "Many saw planting their trees as a marker of the ordeal they have endured and a symbol of hope for the future."
She said the 1,000 trees planted will make a big impact on stormwater retention and runoff prevention in the future.
Baton Rouge Green partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation, Texas Roadhouse and FedEx to distribute the new trees, which were planted in 3-gallon containers.