NeighborWoods

Shreveport Green is pleased to announce a new partner in the fight against urban blight! The Home Depot Foundation works with non-profit partners to restore urban forests in order to create healthier natural areas and a better environment for our communities. Through the National NeighborWoods Program, the Home Depot Foundation is funding urban forestry efforts that support community development in neglected neighborhoods. The NeighborWood Program's goals are to increase volunteerism to benefit urban forests, disseminate information on best practices in the field, replicate the NeighborWoods concept in additional communities, and build a national collaborative network of community tree-planting organizers. The Alliance for Community Trees facilitates this community changing program.

More than aesthetically pleasing, urban trees are a vital component of the infrastructure of any community, providing multiple economic and health benefits. We believe in the preservation and restoration of our urban forests. The Home Depot Foundation believes urban forestry efforts should:

  • Incorporate a diverse array of trees to guard against disease and infestations
  • Utilize native trees to take advantage of the region's climate & conserve water
  • Engage community volunteers in the planting & maintenance of their neighborhood trees

The partnership between Shreveport Green and NeighborWoods is a perfect match! Specific areas of our local community have sustained tornado and ice storm damage over the last four years. Additionally, severe droughts over the past five years have drastically impacted the viability of many of our trees. Our CityGreen analysis showed that portions of many of our older neighborhoods are sorely lacking in canopy cover. Three of these at-risk neighborhoods were directly affected by the tornado with the loss of 216 trees, and these will be the heart of our project. We plan to "re-green" portions of the neighborhoods as a way not only to visually enhance the streets, but to address health, societal, and economic issues as well. These specific neighborhoods selected exhibit moderate to severe crime rates and a decided lack of community. By increasing the canopy cover, we hope to offer the residents a cooler and more attractive environment, thus encouraging them to mingle outside and interact with their neighbors, as well as enjoying all of the benefits that a good tree canopy can offer!

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