Baton Rouge Green, BREC, EBR Parish Library System Dedicate Bicentennial Oak in Expressway Park

Expressway Park, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – Baton Rouge Green, in partnership with The Baton Rouge Bicentennial Commission, The East Baton Rouge Parish Library and BREC, will planted and dedicated a 27-gallon Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in BREC’s Expressway Park in honor of Baton Rouge’s 200th birthday.

A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 13th. Mayor-President Sharon Broome, BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight and Assistant Director Angela Harms, EBR Parish Library Director Spencer Watts, Metro Councilwomen Tara Wicker and Barbara Freiberg helped dedicate the Bicentennial Live Oak.

Baton Rouge Green and the Commission selected a Live Oak. Under the right conditions, Live Oaks can live several hundred years, are a very hardy species, and for many have become synonymous with Louisiana landscapes. Several local organizations were involved in establishing the Bicentennial Live Oak.

BREC provided the site in Expressway Park and the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System has donated the granite monument installed near the
tree. Baton Rouge Green will care for the tree to ensure it’s survival. The Live Oak was donated by Rick Webb of Louisiana Growers.

“We hope that that Baton Rouge residents of 2217 will still be able to visit and enjoy this beautiful tree on the city’s 400th birthday as it continues to stand in honor of our great city,” said Sage Foley, Baton Rouge Green Executive Director.

Check out the WAFB story here.

2500 lbs of Citrus Fruit Harvested and Donated by 50+ Volunteers at 4th City Citrus Pick Event

Baton Rouge, LA, December 9, 2017 – Baton Rouge Green held our 4th Annual City Citrus Pick Event on December 9th, with 50+ volunteers harvesting over 2500 lbs of citrus fruit from volunteer Citrus Shepherds. A day after the famous Snow Day of 2017, our volunteers were not to be deterred! Thanks to their efforts, and the generosity of over 24 residential Citrus Shepherds who offered their trees, we were able to help provide much needed fresh fruit for families in need this holiday season.  The fruit, packaged and donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, will be distributed through their food pantry network. Food Bank officials report that this fruit provided by Baton Rouge Green’s City Citrus program is often the only fresh fruit they are able to provide their customers during the winter. Thanks to our wonderful partners at the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Lamar Advertising and Bofinger’s Tree Service!