First Day of Spring sees 38,000 Additional Trees Added to the St. Tammany Canopy
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced that on Wednesday, March 20 — the first day of spring— the Replant St. Tammany initiative continued, with the planting of 38,000 trees in the Cypress Bayou regional detention pond in the Lacombe area. This planting is through a three-year, $125,456 Grant award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s CDFA Program to the St. Tammany Parish Department of Environmental Services (DES).
“Water quality, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat creation, and of course, aesthetics — all of these are benefits we see from trees,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “Trees are a vital part of our overall infrastructure. They also contribute to our economic stability because our rich natural resources add to our overall quality of life, which makes us a well-rounded destination for businesses and families.”
Spanning three years, this grant will enable DES to plant 90-acres of the 153-acre Cypress Bayou regional detention pond with a mix of indigenous trees and shrubs; conduct a habitat site assessment of existing pond conditions and enhancements prior to, and quarterly throughout the proposed three-years of funding; and sample and quantify water quality benefits on the discharges from the pond outfall resulting from the plantings. As a partner in this project, Southeastern Louisiana University will conduct the pre-planting (baseline) and post-planting sampling to document of water quality improvements from the vegetation, through their LELAP-certified Water Quality lab. The project is underway and will run through December of 2021.
Since the start of 2019, over 40,000 trees have been planted throughout St. Tammany Parish.