From Daily Report AM 2/8/18: Baton Rouge Green, transportation officials to discuss fate of trees along I-10

The trees were planted as part of Living Roadways, the organization’s signature effort that began in 1991 to improve green infrastructure along major corridors and interstates.

BR Green has planted about 5,000 trees as part of the effort, which is supported by private citizens and businesses, says Executive Director Sage Foley. At least 1,151 trees are located at seven sites along the stretch of I-10 set to be widened.

The nonprofit has scheduled a meeting with Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson to figure out how to move forward, Foley says.

“We haven’t seen the final alignment so we don’t know what is in the path of the widening,” she says. “We have to consider what spaces around the widening will be needed for construction set up. We have to identify what can be preserved and how we will preserve it.”

State officials announced the infrastructure packet last month, saying money for the projects would come from federal Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle Bonds. The package includes the $350 million widening of Interstate 10 through Baton Rouge, from the base of the Mississippi River Bridge to the I-10/12 split.

Baton Rouge Green was in the middle of planting 59 trees, made possible by a gift from Team Automotive Group, when state officials announced the package. The trees are being planted at three sites: Interstate 110 near the Governor’s Mansion, Acadian Thruway at I-10, and Airline Highway at I-12.

Some of the trees had already been installed at the governor’s mansion to little fanfare. But after the state’s announcement, Foley says the organization received several calls from citizens asking whether new trees planted at Acadian Thruway at I-10 were made in protest to the impending construction.

They’re not, she says. A news release issued by Baton Rouge Green calls the planting and the timing of the announcement coincidental.

“We have been looking forward to improving these sites for some time,” Foley says in the statement. The group has about 18 or the 59 trees left to plant at Airline near I-12, she adds. Additional landscaping at College Drive and I-10 is currently in design and should be installed in the spring.

Wampold & Fetzer Receive Baton Rouge Green Award at Arbor Day Luncheon January 19

Baton Rouge, LA, January 19, 2018 – For their planting of 88 mature live oaks on South Bluebonnet Boulevard, Preserve at Harveston developers John Fetzer & Mike Wampold were awarded the first Baton Rouge Green Award to be given in decades. The developers were honored during Baton Rouge Green’s 2018 Louisiana Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, January 19, at the LSU Rural Life Museum.

“In total we have probably planted over 500 trees as part of this development, and there are more phases to come and more trees to be planted,” remarked Wampold to the audience upon receiving the handmade cypress plaque.

The Baton Rouge Green Award was given to several prominent local citizens in the early 1990s who had committed extraordinary time and resources to planting and preserving our city’s urban canopy. Recipients included Steele Burden, Hays Town and Baton Rouge Green founder, Dr. Jed Morris.

In 2017 John Fetzer and Mike Wampold installed the 88 live oaks (Quercus virginiana) near their multi-phase development, which includes The Preserve at Harveston. The property had previously been used primarily for agriculture was greatly devoid of canopy. The planting involved the transport of the 9-to-12-inch caliper oaks and required special equipment, including a flatbed 18-wheeler and an enormous spade for the removal and installation of these mature oaks. The planting of the trees took over a month, with about 6 trees being transported each day from their source to the planting site. Fetzer reported that the root balls of some of these huge specimens were about 9 feet deep. The trees now line both sides of a one-mile stretch of South Bluebonnet Boulevard.

Wampold and Fetzer are both longtime supporters of Baton Rouge Green. Fetzer served on the board of directors from 1998 – 2002.

The 2018 Louisiana Arbor Day Luncheon was sponsored by Annette Barton & Malcom Tucker, Claire & Richard Manship, and Citizens Bank & Trust.

Pictured below, L-R: Luncheon Sponsor Richard Manship, John Fetzer, Mike Wampold, Luncheon Sponsor Annette Barton, BRG Executive Director Sage Roberts Foley. Pictured In Header, L-R: Luncheon Sponsor Lillian Grossley of Citizens Bank & Trust, BRG Executive Director Sage Roberts Foley, John Fetzer, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Mike Wampold, BRG Board President Katheryn Flournoy.

 

 

BRG’s Celebration of 2018 Louisiana Arbor Week Included Plantings, Luncheon

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, Baton Rouge Green worked with nearly two dozen volunteers to plant six 15-gallon Baldcypress, the state tree of Louisiana, as part of The Walls Project’s MLK Festival of Service 2018. The trees, donated by the LSU Aquaculture Research Station, were planted next to Big Brothers Meat Market. The event helped kick off Baton Rouge Green’s celebrations for Louisiana Arbor Week.

On Monday, January 15, Baton Rouge Green also worked with dozens of volunteers from Americorps and other groups to plant 22 canopy trees, including baldcypress, winged elm and bur oak, near The Women’s Help Center at 76th Street and Scenic Highway (see below.)

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Although in most of the country Arbor Day is celebrated later in the year, Louisiana’s Arbor Day is always the third Friday in January, tree-planting season in South Louisiana.

 

 

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!

Baton Rouge Green Distributes 1,000 Free Trees to Flood Victims in Livingston Parish

 

The Louisiana Tree Recovery Campaign is a Partnership between Baton Rouge Green, The Arbor Day Foundation, Texas Roadhouse and FedEx

Denham Springs, LA, October 28, 2017 – Baton Rouge Green, in a partnership with The Arbor Day Foundation, Texas Roadhouse, and FedEx,  distributed 1,000 free trees on Saturday, October 28th, to Livingston Parish residents. These new trees, in 3-gallon containers, will help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by the 2016 Flood.

“The 2016 Floods damaged homes, properties, and impacted our environment,” said Robert Seemann, program director of Baton Rouge Green. “With this tree giveaway, Baton Rouge Green hopes to help offset landscape damages and canopy loss in our area.”

The Louisiana Tree Recovery Campaign, an effort of Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery, a national program underwritten by FedEx and foundation members, aims to replace trees in communities affected by natural disasters throughout the United States. The program assisted more than 200 communities in planting or distributing more than 4.6 million trees since its inception in 2012.

Between August 11 and August 14, 2016, more than 20 inches of rain fell in the areas of Denham Springs and Baton Rouge, LA. This deluge led to the flooding of more than 60,000 homes and the loss of 13 lives. This tree distribution was designed to help these affected residents replace trees lost by the flooding.

“Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained,” said Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation. “They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood or shopping district, increase property values by up to 18%, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.”

“At Texas Roadhouse, our community focus extends well beyond the four walls of our restaurants. We are honored to support the Arbor Day Foundation’s tree recovery program”, said Travis Doster, Senior Director of Public Relations at Texas Roadhouse.

“At FedEx, we recognize that our commitment to customers and communities extends beyond the packages we deliver,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Citizenship & Reputation Management at FedEx. “Through our giving platform FedEx Cares, we are proud to support the tree recovery program by helping restore forests while bringing healing and hope to communities hit hard by natural disasters.”

To donate to the recovery efforts supported by this campaign or other across the country please visit www.arborday.org/recovery.  With your help, we can begin to restore this nation’s beautiful landscapes, including the state of Louisiana. Funding for this program has been provided by Texas Roadhouse and FedEx.

About the Arbor Day Foundation:  The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.

Check out the press this great event received:
The Advocate
WAFB (w/ video)
WBRZ (w/video)

 

Almost PICKIN’ Time! Volunteer at the Pick Event, Dec 9th!

Since 2013 Baton Rouge Green organized the City Citrus Pick Event each winter. At-home “Citrus Shepherds” who have well-established trees that produce more fruit than they can consume volunteer their trees to be harvested.

We mobilize and equip volunteer pickers to collect this fruit, which is then donated to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. The fresh fruit, grown and harvested entirely by volunteers, is then distributed throughout the Food Bank network to families in need. Many of these families rarely receive fresh fruit from food pantries.

The Pick Event has become of our most-loved events…the number of volunteer trees and pickers has nearly doubled each year. In 2016, 80 volunteers helped harvest 6,300 lbs of fruit! 

2017 PICK EVENT
Saturday, December 9th
8:30am – Noonish
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank: 10600 South Choctaw
Breakfast to be provided!

Special thanks to Lamar Advertising of Baton Rouge and Bofinger’s Tree Service for their support of the Pick Event!

As always,
#SHARETHEFRUIT!

Sign Up HERE to Volunteer for the 2017 Pick Event!

Learn more about City Citrus here.

Baton Rouge Green+ Clegg’s Tree Sale, Saturday, Oct 21st at Siegen Lane Location ONLY!

Baton Rouge Green and Clegg’s Nursery have teamed up for a Tree Sale, just in time for tree planting season, on Saturday, October 21st, at Clegg’s Siegen Lane location ONLY, during regular business hours: 8a to 5:30p.

Clegg’s will stock up on the hard-to-find native trees and shrubs that Baton Rouge Green experts encourage citizens to use in their landscapes, such as Sweet Bay Magnolia, PawPaw, Silver Bell and several varieties of fruit trees.

Baton Rouge Green will tag their favorites and Clegg’s will donate 20% of the proceeds of all “Baton Rouge Green Approved” trees back to the organization!

Baton Rouge Green tree and plant experts will also be on hand to answer questions and talk with shoppers.

Thanks to Clegg’s Nursery!

 

 

 

 

 

Trees & Shrubs available:

 

3gal Japanese Maple
4gal Swamp Red Maple
3gal Pawpaw
3gal American Beautyberry
3gal American Hornbeam
3gal Common Buttonbush
5gal Chinese Fringe Tree
6.5gal Native Fringe Tree
3gal Key Lime
3gal Brown Select Satsuma
3gal Owari Satsuma
3gal Meyer Lemon
3gal Ruby Red Grapefruit
3gal Summersweet
3gal Parsley Hawthorne
3gal Mayhaw
3gal Swamp Titi
3gal Common Persimmon
4gal Brown Turkey Fig
4gal Celeste Fig
3gal Sweet Kumquat
3gal Two-Wing Silverbell
15gal Dahoon Holly (male)
3gal Possumhaw Holly
3gal Native Yaupon
3gal Starbush
3gal Virginia Willow
1.3qt Soft Rush
5gal Natchez Crape Myrtle
15gal Teddy Bear Southern Magnolia
7gal Alta Southern Magnolia
3gal Evergreen Sweetbay Magnolia (single trunk)
3gal Southern Waxmyrtle
3gal Black Gum
15gal Black Gum
3gal Sweet Olive
10gal Sweet Olive
3gal Spruce Pine
3gal Swamp Chestnut Oak
5gal Nutall Oak
15gal Nutall Oak
5gal Shummard Oak
15gal Shummard Oak
5gal Live Oak
15gal Live Oak
3gal Native Honeysuckle Azalea
3gal Winged Sumac
5gal Bald Cypress
3gal Pond Cypress
10gal Winged Elm
1gal Climax Blueberry
3gal Climax Blueberry
1gal Premier Blueberry
3gal Premier Blueberry
1gal Tifblue Blueberry
3gal Tifblue Blueberry