Baton Rouge Green selects four environmentally-underserved neighborhoods each year throughout the City of Baton Rouge for tree plantings, held during tree planting season - October through March. Partnering with neighborhood organizations, residents, and volunteers, Baton Rouge Green shares information and technical assistance about planting and maintaining trees, empowering local citizens to implement tree planting and maintenance programs in their neighborhoods.
Please contact us if you would like to find out if your neighborhood is eligible to participate in the NeighborWoods program, or if you would like to volunteer to help plant trees.
Check out our NeighborWoods video! Thanks to everyone who participated!
In 2008, Baton Rouge Green planted trees in Old South Baton Rouge, Mid-City, North Baton Rouge, and at a Habitat for Humanity housing site off of Burbank Drive.
In 2009, BRG worked with Carol Jack Drive, a one-street neighborhood located off of Cedarcrest Avenue, the Valley Park community, Timbercreek Subdivision, and Perry Place, a Habitat for Humanity development located in North Baton Rouge that houses former New Orleans residents who were displaced during Hurricane Katrina.
In March of 2010, BRG worked with the Park Forest East Civic Association, planting trees in the neighborhood residents’ yards as well as near the neighborhood’s sign. BRG also planted trees in Old South Baton Rouge: at the Baranco-Clark YMCA, at two new community gardens, Wonderland Head Start, a church and several residences in late September of 2010.
LSU Volunteers plant trees at Wonderland Head Start in Old South Baton Rouge
In November 2010 BRG planted trees with Habitat for Humanity in Rosewood Subdivision as volunteers also built flower beds, planted shrubs and laid sod. In December 2010 BRG worked with Belfair, planting with homeowners as well as lots of enthusiastic young students at Belfair Montessori Magnet Elementary. BRG concluded the year with Villa del Rey Citizens Association--their neighborhood received 30+ new baldcypress in a highly visible greenspace that runs along Ventura Drive and BRG also mulched the 120 existing trees located in the Monterrey Boulevard median.
Our 2010 NeighborWoods sponsors are the East Baton Rouge Mortgage Finance Authority and the Barton Family Foundation.
Click on a photo album below to view the work we do.
- Rosewood Subdivision
- Old South Baton Rouge
- E. Polk St., Old South Baton Rouge
- Park Hills, Mid-City
- Betty Smothers Drive, North Baton Rouge
- Carol Jack Drive
- Valley Park Community, October 2009
- Timber Creek, December 2009
- Perry Place, December 2009
- Park Forest East, March 2010
- Old South Baton Rouge, September 2010
- Old South Baton Rouge, December 2010
- Rosewood Subdivision, November 2010
- Belfair neighborhood, December 2010
- Villa del Rey, December 2010
Why do these neighborhoods need trees?
Trees provide many environmental and economical benefits to homeowners. Here are some reasons to plant trees on your property:
- Trees can lower your utility bills. Deciduous trees shade your home in the summer and allow the sun to warm your home in the winter, helping naturally cool and heat your home.
- Trees can increase your property’s value. Homes on landscaped lots, especially those with mature specimen trees, often sell for more than similar homes on properties without trees.
- Trees can decrease flooding. Trees planted in yards can help absorb excess water that accumulates during thunderstorms.
- Trees can provide food and flowers. Fruiting and flowering trees allow homeowners to enjoy growing their own fruit, nuts, and flowers.
- Trees provide wildlife habitat. Trees provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and other animals.
- Trees decrease pollution and provide oxygen. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the air, using it for energy while providing oxygen.
- Trees reduce urban heat. In what is call the urban heat island effect, trees mitigate the heat absorbed and stored by the concrete in our urban setting, cooling the air through transpiration, as well as providing cooling shade.