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.


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

Sasol will join together with McNeese State University and 11 other community organizations to plant nearly 200 trees on Saturday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. until noon at eight sites throughout Calcasieu Parish as part of the third planting date for the 1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days program.

Interested volunteers should meet at W.W. Lewis Middle School, located at 1752 Cypress St. in Sulphur at 8:30 a.m. Click here for full planting date details.

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


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.