The City of Lake Charles is launching a tree replanting initiative with 350 trees in local parks

Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The City of Lake Charles has replanted 350 trees in three lakeside parks thanks to a donation from Firestone Polymers.

Mayor Nic Hunter, representatives from Firestone Polymers and other elected officials were present to announce the launch of the #ReTreeLC initiative.

Firestone Polymers, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, donated and helped install more than 350 trees and over 2,000 native grasses in Hillcrest, Grace & Medora and Buddy Prejean Parks.

Mayor Hunter says, “As we continue to recover and rebuild from the 2020 hurricanes, it is important that we also restore our natural environment by replanting trees throughout our city. We are grateful for Firestone’s support to the Lake Charles area and for her leadership in restoring our natural infrastructure. In the coming weeks we will highlight other community partners who make this critical initiative possible. It is our hope to lead the responsible reforestation of our city, but we cannot do this alone. We ask our community to help too. “

In addition to planting trees and native grasses in public spaces, the #ReTreeLC initiative will also include free educational seminars for the public and a tree raffle in April 2022 to help citizens replant their own property.

The tree planting was carried out by volunteers from the Firestone Polymers factory, a city employee, and overseen by RES, a local environmental remediation company, and Dana Brown & Associates, a landscape architecture firm.

After the tree-planting campaign, RES will take care of the trees in the coming months and allow the public to raffle 2000 trees in April 2022.

For more information on participating in the #ReTreeLC initiative, contact Emerald Fletcher at 337-491-1283, ext. 0903, or send an email to [email protected]

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