Volunteers help plant Live Oak trees in Chalmette

Volunteers help plant Live Oak trees in Chalmette

CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - 18 Live Oak trees were planted Thursday at the 40 Arpent Wetlands Observatory in Chalmette.

The beautification project was the idea of St. Bernard Parish employee Chris Andry. The parish's Wetlands Foundation approved of the plan in December 2015. The parish says two foundation workers applied for and received grant money. Once secured, they obtained the trees, planting material and gathered volunteers.

Live Oak trees can live for hundreds of years. They were planted at  8265 Benjamin Street off Jean Lafitte Parkway in Chalmette.

The parish says volunteers included Steven Willford, an intern at Camp Restore in New Orleans; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in East New Orleans as well as people from Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Birmingham, Michigan Ginny Schalm, Cheryl Schiller, Stephanie Springer, Jordan Davis, Freeland Goddard, Donna Hollis, Pat Hussy and Kris Leonard.

Funding from the Meraux Foundation made the project possible.

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