pinz. (pinz824) wrote in neworleans,

Restore Couturie Forest at City Park!

Your vote in the Redwood Creek Wines Greater Outdoors Project can mean $50,000 to restore Couturie Forest in City Park!
Restore Couturie Forest by voting at
or texting PARK to 39668.
Voting in the Redwood Creek Wines Greater Outdoors Project begins on April 1 and ends May 31. You can vote once online and once via text message per day (text messaging rates apply).

Quietly nestled at the center of New Orleans City Park's 1,300 acres is a hidden gem- Couturie Forest. The Forest was designated a community arboretum in 1939 with a bequest of $50,000 for 6,000 trees. Since then, the Forest canopy matured and the infrastructure expanded to include trails, a rustic amphitheater, and docks jutting into the surrounding lagoons. In 2005, destruction from Hurricane Katrina-spawned tornados and floodwaters killed 95% of the Forest's trees, disrupting the habitats of alligators, box turtles, and over 100 species of migratory and resident birds. Friends of City Park is committed to transforming the damaged woodland into a verdant and thriving ecological destination. Following a plan from landscape architecture firm Mossop+Michaels, the revitalized Couturie Forest will offer 62 acres of preserved land featuring eight native ecosystems.  Vote early and vote often to restore Couturie Forest and give New Orleanians of all ages, backgrounds, and income brackets the beauty and seclusion of the woodland- right in the heart of the city! 

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