MIKE WAMPOLD & JOHN FETZER TO RECEIVE BATON ROUGE GREEN AWARD AT ARBOR DAY LUNCHEON JANUARY 19
Baton Rouge Green Celebrates Louisiana Arbor Day with Plantings, Luncheon
January 13, 2018 – Baton Rouge, LA – For their extensive planting of 88 mature live oaks on South Bluebonnet Boulevard, Preserve at Harveston developers John Fetzer & Mike Wampold will be awarded the first Baton Rouge Green Award to be given in decades. The award will be given during Baton Rouge Green’s 2018 Louisiana Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, January 19, at the LSU Rural Life Museum. The Luncheon will be the culmination of Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Week activities.
The Baton Rouge Green Award was given to several prominent local citizens in the early 90s 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.
The 2018 Louisiana Arbor Day Luncheon is sponsored by Annette Barton & Malcom Tucker, Claire & Richard Manship, and Citizens Bank & Trust. Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. While National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April each year, Louisiana celebrates Arbor Day on the third Friday in January annually to coincide with our climate’s tree planting season.
Baton Rouge Green will also be celebrating Louisiana Arbor Day the week preceding the luncheon, planting trees with students at FLAIM, the Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet school, on Tuesday, January 16, and at the Baton Rouge Center for the Visual & Performing Arts on Thursday, January 18. Baton Rouge Green is also partnering with The Walls Project for the MLK Festival of Service and will be planting trees with volunteers in undeveloped green space in North Baton Rouge on Saturday and Monday, January 13 and 15.
All dates and information for Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Day activities are below.
MLK FESTIVAL OF SERVICE 2018
Partnering with The Walls Project, Baton Rouge Green will supply and oversee the planting of nearly 30 15-gallon trees at two north Baton Rouge locations over two days with a host of volunteers. The trees are being donated by Ducote’s Tree Farm and LSU Aquaculture Research Station.
- Saturday, January 13 at 9am: Brother’s Meat Market – 6 baldcypress
- Monday, January 15 at 9am: near The Women’s Help Center at 76th Street and Scenic Hwy – 22 canopy trees: baldcypress, winged elm and bur oak.
SCHOOL PLANTING – FLAIM
Tuesday, January 16
FLAIM future campus (Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet)
4510 Bawell Street
Students and Baton Rouge Green staff will plant six canopy trees on the school’s campus, bur oaks and winged elms. The trees are being donated by Ducote’s Tree Farm.
SCHOOL PLANTING – BR CENTER FOR VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
Thursday, January 18
Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts
2040 South Acadian Thruway
Students and Baton Rouge Green staff will plant a selection of understory native trees on the school’s campus. The trees for this planting are being donated by Beverly Delmas in memory of Tony Davis, and Karen & Al Adams in memory of Joyce K. Wherley.
BATON ROUGE GREEN’S 2018 LOUISIANA ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
Friday, January 19
LSU Rural Life Museum
4650 Essen Lane
11:30 am – 1pm
Baton Rouge Green’s Arbor Day Celebration is made possible with generous support from Annette Barton & Malcolm Tucker, Richard & Claire Manship and Citizens Bank & Trust. Advance reservations for the Arbor Day Luncheon are required. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available from the Baton Rouge Green office at 225.381.0037. Individual tickets are $75.
About Louisiana Arbor Day:
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.