By Claire Byun
Special to Mid-City Messenger
One environmentally-friendly group is seeking to make all of New Orleans a little greener, starting with the Fairgrounds community.
Sustaining Our Urban Landscape works with volunteers from Oklahoma through Lakeview Presbyterian’s LAMP program to protect Bald Cypress from invasive species in New Orleans City Park (Facebook/SOUL).
Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, founded in June by Susannah Burley, seeks to add more than one million trees across New Orleans to replenish centuries of deforestation. Burley proposed her initiative to the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association at their regular meeting Tuesday evening.
Burley said the addition of trees would improve water systems – including storm water drainage – and crop growth across the city. She added that forestry reduces air temperatures, improves soil, produces oxygen and decreases energy and heating bills.
“We’re the most deforested city in the country, and that matters enormously because our urban forest matters in how we process storm water,” Burley said.
Burley asked FSJNA members to consider creating a committee focusing on tree replenishment in the community, and that committee would join other neighborhoods for her pilot project. Algiers, Algiers Point and Broadmoor neighborhood associations have already agreed to the initiative, Burley said. Continue reading »