Hurricane Katrina Forest Recovery

As we work together to tackle the historic challenge that Hurricane Katrina has presented to the forestry communities of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, we hope that this blog will be a valuable resource and tool.

Monday, December 5

Tree Restoration Program Launched

To help with tree restoration on the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the National Audubon Society and The National Arbor Day Foundation have launched a special new campaign that will assist in the region's tree recovery efforts. Through the Katrina Tree Recovery Campaign, people across America will have the opportunity to replant trees in coastal Mississippi and Louisiana, and begin the reforestation of neighborhoods and cities across the region.

For every $10 donated to the Katrina Tree Recovery Campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation will contribute 10 trees to be planted by Katrina victims. Distribution of the trees will be managed by Audubon Mississippi's Coastal Project Office and its director, Dr. Mark LaSalle, who will work with Audubon chapters and other civic and community groups in the region to distribute the trees.
The tree species that will be distributed and planted in Mississippi and Louisiana include bald cypress, eastern redcedar, red maple and red oak. Audubon Mississippi's collaboration with The National Arbor Day Foundation is part of its overall initiative to promote the recovery of habitat for birds and other wildlife in areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina, a project called Operation Backyard Recovery.

To contribute to the Katrina Tree Recovery Campaign, send to The National Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, or contribute online at


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