New Orleans is one of the most deforested cities in the U.S. After losing an estimated 100,00 trees during Hurricane Katrina, the city’s tree canopy currently covers a mere 15-20% of New Orleans. A vibrant tree canopy is critical to New Orleans’ storm response: winds slow down, causing less damage to properties, and trees absorb more stormwater, decreasing stormwater runoff and flooding.
In May 2021, the Mayor’s Office signed a memorandum of understanding in support of SOUL developing a Comprehensive Reforestation Plan for the City of New Orleans. Once complete, this plan will provide actionable steps to assist the city in reaching its goal of increasing New Orleans’ tree canopy to 50%.
During the month of November, SOUL hosted 7 public meetings throughout the city to provide community members opportunities to voice their thoughts and concerns about trees in their neighborhood. If you would like to stay up to date on the next stages of this Comprehensive Reforestation Plan, then sign up to receive our newsletter here.
If you have any questions about this plan and process, please contact Susannah Burley at 504-535-5116 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.