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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

10,000 Trees to fight the heat island affect

To celebrate its 30 year anniversary, Parkway Partners will kick off a five-year, 10,000 tree reforestation program by planting at least 150 mature live oaks along St. Claude Avenue.

Jean Fahr, executive director Parkway Partners said:
“We are committed to the reforestation of neighborhoods throughout New Orleans..."

And in NorthWest Carrollton look forward to trees on Earhart.
We want Earhart to have the dignity of Carrollton (or St. Charles or St. Claude.)

As NorthWest Carrollon has said at more than one neighborhood meeting:
"The expansion of the city's urban tree canopy will reduce the "heat island" effect of open concrete and streets, and will capture a variety of pollutants, including heavy metals, gaseous air emissions and particulate matter" and reduces traffic noise on large streets like Earhart.  "The trees also will assist in reducing urban flooding, as each one can capture 350 gallons of storm water during a typical downpour."

"The five-year plan also will include the training of 150 new Tree Troopers, volunteers who will help ensure the survival of the city’s new trees during their first five years. The first training session will be Sept. 10-12 at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avevue."
"The new planting program is an extension of ReLeaf New Orleans, which planted 10,000 trees in the seven years since Hurricane Katrina. The extension is in part a response to the results of The U.S. Department of Agriculture study that found that 10 percent of New Orleans' trees had died between 2005 and 2009, largely as a result of the hurricane, the worst loss of any urban forest in the nation. Over that time, the amount of the city covered by tree canopy fell from 32.9 percent to 23.3 percent. Experts have estimated the city lost more than 100,000 trees.

The new program will focus on planting trees with larger canopies wherever possible, including live oaks and the ornamental pistache, whose leaves turn orange-red in the fall. "

FINALLY NorthWest Carrollton has also lobbied for Larger Trees that mirror the effect of our existing treelined streets, like St. Charles and Esplande.

“These trees are important; they represent continuity,” Palmer said. “When we talk about trying to knit the fabric of our community together, we’re talking about what St. Claude does in terms of uniting Marigny and Bywater and St. Roch and the Upper 9 and the New St. Claude and the Lower 9. St. Claude is not a dividing line. It’s a unifying line.”

And the same can be said for Earhart. We want Earhart to stop being a dividing line and start knitting together community.

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