Sustaining Our Urban Landscape (SOUL) plants large, native trees one neighborhood at a time to reduce flooding, slow subsidence, lower ambient temperatures and energy bills, decrease air, water and soil pollution, and improve the community health of New Orleans.
What makes SOUL unique?
We plant trees to serve as natural systems and infrastructure. We plant in clusters to better stave off flooding, reduce pollution, improve community health, and provide beauty and shade.
We plant trees together with community members who drive the reforestation of their own community or neighborhood. SOUL trains block captains to canvass their neighborhoods and collect permits from homeowners.
We oversee the planting of every tree and help ensure its successful growth. We provide tree guards for every tree to protect against weed-eater damage: the number one killer of trees.
We map every tree we plant so that we can keep track of its progress.
We also provide maintenance guidelines to every home/business that receives trees and are always available to answer questions.