The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are organizing four tree-planting projects near St. Bernard in January. The groups are looking for 150 volunteers to plant 1,500 native trees over the span of those four days. The work will help increase storm surge retention and increase forest resiliency for future storm events.

Tree-planting projects are planned for Friday, Jan. 9; Thursday, Jan. 15; Friday, Jan. 16; and Saturday, Jan. 17. Instructions and details will be provided to registered volunteers by email a few days before the event. Registered volunteers will gather between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and will be done with their work by 4 p.m. All equipment and lunch will be provided.

The minimum age for volunteers is 10, and minors must be accompanied by an adult. The work is muddy and strenuous, so physical fitness is necessary. To register, visit