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's Harold and Pearl Dripps Department of Agricultural Science, Sasol, the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and 10 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 were selected by a community-led steering committee based on enhancement to local ecosystems, wildlife habitats and other sustainability factors.


With the help of hundreds of local volunteers and several community groups, the program has planted 845 trees in Calcasieu Parish during four planting days.

Get Involved

Sasol will join together with McNeese State University and other community organizations to plant trees on Saturday, November 10 from 8:30 a.m. until 11 at sites throughout Calcasieu Parish as part of the fourth planting date for the 1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days program.

Interested volunteers should meet at Sulphur Library (1160 Cypress St.) or Goos Boulevard (1735 Moeling St.) at 8:30 a.m. See our flier below for more information!

To nominate a site for a future tree planting, contact McNeese State University Harold & Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences at 337-475-5690.

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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.