1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days

In 2016, the Calcasieu Parish community identified a need to restore, preserve and enhance local ecosystems.  Tree planting was suggested as a project to help reach that goal.

In response, McNeese State University Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Science, Sasol, the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and 11 other community organizations came together to develop and launch 1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days – an effort to plant 1,000 native trees in Calcasieu Parish in 1,000 days.

Planting locations are selected by a community-led steering committee based on enhancement to local ecosystems, wildlife habitats and other sustainability factors.

Progress

With the help of local volunteers and community groups, the program has planted 500 trees in Calcasieu Parish during three planting days. To view our progress tracker, click here.

Spring 2017 Planting: 

Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center - 200 Trees planted: Dogwood, Sugar Berry, Green Ash, Pecan, Water Oak, Redbud, Mayhaw, Persimmon

Tuten Park - 20 trees planted: Water Oak, Pecan, Green Ash

Sulphur City Hall - 5 trees planted: Redbud

Sulphur High School - 25 trees planted: Water Oak, Redbud, Dogwood, Pecan, Green Ash

Frasch Elementary School - 10 trees planted: Redbud

Mossville Rigmaiden Center - 40 trees planted: Green Ash, Water Oak, Wild Pear, Dogwood

Get Involved

The next tree planting will be scheduled for fall 2017. Check back for updates.

To nominate a tree planting site, contact McNeese State University Harold & Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences at 337-475-5691.

Partners

Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, City of Westlake, City of Sulphur, City of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana Chamber-Economic Development Alliance, Port of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish School System, Coastal Plain Conservancy, the State of Louisiana Office of State Parks, and the State of Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.