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Friday, March 28, 2008

ReLeaf New Orleans gathers to replant St. Roch tomorrow, March 29 — Volunteers needed!!!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 28, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday March 29, Parkway Partners’ ReLeaf New Orleans program will gather at 2448 N. Villere St. in the St. Roch neighborhood to plant trees along St. Roch from St. Claude to N. Johnson. Beginning at noon, residents and local volunteers from all parts of the city will gather together to replant the St. Roch corridor and help restore the vitality of this once-thriving community. A neighborhood deeply impacted by the construction of the railroad and I10 decades ago, St. Roch has continually struggled to recover from its transformation into a major transportation artery, according to Parkway Partners.

The Faubourg St. Roch Project turned to Parkway Partners for assistance in restoring and beautifying the area through the its tree planting program. Through ReLeaf New Orleans, Parkway Partners has reintroduced more than 4,000 trees into New Orleans’ major corridors in over 35 neighborhoods since Katrina.

The St. Roch neighborhood is located northeast of the French Quarter in the Eighth ward. Of the 4,000 households in this neighborhood, the average household income is $28,000/year, but 85 percent of those households make less than $20,000 a year and 37 percent of St. Roch residents live in poverty, says Parkway.

The donation of the trees to be planted is made possible through grant funds provided by The Alliance for Community Trees, “a national coalition of 150 nonprofit organizations engaged in urban and community forestry,” and the Home Depot Foundation, “created in 2002 to further community building goals by providing additional resources to assist nonprofit organizations building affordable, efficient, and health homes throughout the United States.”

Volunteers interested in assisting are encouraged to meet the group at 2448 N. Villere, where tree planting will begin at noon.

For more info visit Parkway Partners at

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