Reforestation after Katrina at Couturie Forest


In 2005, Hurricane Katrina destroyed Couturie Forest; 95% of its trees died.  Since then, City Park personnel and volunteers have been replanting -- over 2000 trees so far, including bald cypress, southern magnolia, red maple, sycamore and various oaks.  Removing invasive species has been another objective.  Since 2009 the Couturie Forest Reforestation Project (CFRP) has expanded the park, from 33 to 60 acres, and included 20 stakeholders.[1]

Couturie Forest after Katrina
Photo credit: City Park trail sign
On top of the usual perks of planting trees (wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, erosion control), New Orleans especially benefits.  As a city below sea level, trees help absorb and transpire rainwater, offsetting the need for artificial pumps.  Trees also help shade and cool the city.[2]

Below are some trees planted by the CFRP.  For a full list of trees throughout the park, see Trees of New Orleans.

Couturie Forest New Orleans Reforestation Trees baldcypress
Planted baldcypress.
Couturie Forest New Orleans Reforestation Trees southern magnolia
Planted southern magnolia
Planted loblolly pine (
Couturie Forest New Orleans Reforestation Trees oaks
Planted oaks.
Couturie Forest New Orleans Reforestation Trees cypress
Planted baldcypress.
Good tips for Identifying trees.  
Check your answers with this list: Trees of New Orleans

Couturie Forest New Orleans Reforestation Trees birdhouse
Attracting birds to spread seeds for us:
a method for assisted natural reforestation.

For further reading on the CFRP

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