This month, during two events, neighbors in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish can receive free trees native to Louisiana. The group Hike for KaTREEna will give away 1,000 of the trees at each event.
The group aims to distribute a total of 5,000 trees to help replace those downed or removed after Hurricane Katrina and other storms. Similar events are planned for Terrebonne, St John, and St Tammany Parishes.
In New Orleans, the event will be January 5 at Joe W. Brown Park at 10900 Lake Forest Blvd, also from 9:00 to 12:00.
In Jefferson Parish, the trees will be available January 12 from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at Shelter #6 in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd in Metairie.
Horticulturists will be on hand at both events with instructions for planting and caring for the trees. There is a limit of two trees per household.
The Hike for KaTREEna group is a non-profit organization that is also a member of the 2013 Super Bowl Host Committee’s Environmental Committee. The trees are provided by a grant from the Apache Foundation.
Get more information at their website: http://www.hikeforkatreena.com/