Baton Rouge Green is saying ‘May the forest be with you’ this May the 4th by distributing 1,000 trees to area residents. These new trees, in 3-gallon containers, will be free of charge and help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by the 2016 flood, as well as help prepare for future weather events.
The event is part of a program, the Enterprise Urban Initiative, sponsored by the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation. The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Rent-A-Car – is pledging $2 million over the next two years to fund 40 community tree planting events happening around the country.
Between August 11 and August 14, 2016, more than 20 inches of rain fell in the region around Baton Rouge. This deluge led to the flooding of more than 60,000 homes and the loss of 13 lives. This tree distribution is designed to help these affected residents replace trees lost to the flooding.
Baton Rouge Green staff and Enterprise Rent-A-Car volunteers will be distributing the planting kits from 9am to 12pm at Goodwood Library.
Trees are limited to two per household. All trees to be distributed are native species to South Louisiana, such as cypress, redbud, white oak, dahoon holly, eastern red cedar and sweetbay magnolia.