Ya Dig? Reforestation Program

We want to plant 600 large, native trees this year, and we’d love for you to help:


*There is no limit to how many trees you may receive. However, due to funding restrictions we do ask you to donate if you receive more than 2 trees.

SOUL will submit all of its applications at one time to the City and get the trees permitted. We will organize a volunteer planting day in your community. All you have to do is commit to watering your tree for one year (per the permit), keep it mulched, and round up some neighbors to do the same. (The goal is to cluster as many trees as possible on every block.)

Please familiarize yourself with the New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways’ design standards before filling out your form. And please don’t hesitate to contact us at outreach@soulnola.org or 504 616 6888 with questions.


New Orleans is known for its food, streetcars and tree lined avenues. But did you know that New Orleans is also the most deforested city in the Unites States? This matters for reasons beyond visual appeal. Our urban forest is critical to us living with water, New Orleans’ central challenge.

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Atlanta at a 2 mile scale – 2016

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New Orleans at a 2 mile scale- 2016

Trees slow down stormwater runoff and subsidence, lower our ambient temperatures, clean our soil, water and air, and improve neighborhood safety. We are dependent on our urban forest, and we need to replant it strategically and at a relevant scale – one  neighborhood at a time, not one tree at at time.  We need to build a large-scale canopy substantial enough to systematically protect our city, and ourselves. Such notions of scale, and systemic benefits, did not dictate the planning for tree planting in New Orleans until SOUL was launched in June 2016.

This year we planted 190 large native trees in Mid-City and Algiers Point/Old Algiers and are in a planning phase with Broadmoor. Ya Dig?

Our Ya Dig? program works closely with the below neighborhoods in planting trees in their communities. Volunteer community planting events get trees in the ground while bringing together neighbors. The goal is to cluster trees in our partner communities until they are reforested. Then we will expand to other neighborhoods. This way we can more quickly impact flooding, subsidence, pollution, rising temperatures, and community health.




Contact us if you are interested in learning more about this program.