In the first of what is sure to become a series of beautification projects, the Horse Farm is receiving more than 100 live oak trees Tuesday afternoon as part of a statewide donation of 2,500 live oak trees courtesy of Resource Environmental Solutions, a national ecological restoration company based in Baton Rouge.
“They are building a beautiful park there,” says Elliott Bouillion, CEO of Resource Environmental Solutions, of the Horse Farm. “This is just our way of helping out.”
|Joey "the ham" Durel, Elliott Bouillion and state Rep. Stuart Bishop|
Ranging in size from 5 feet to 8 feet tall, the oak trees will be arriving Tuesday, March 19, from the RES coastal marsh nursery located near Pointe Aux Chenes, a 640-acre native grass and tree nursery and one of the largest nurseries on the Gulf Coast.
The donated trees will then be planted starting at 1 p.m. with help from the Boy Scouts of Louisiana and other volunteers. The tree planting in Lafayette is part of a larger statewide project where RES is donating 2,500 live oaks across 55 Louisiana parishes being coordinated by Senate President John Alario and House Speaker Chuck Kleckley.
“This donation is a small token of our commitment of stewardship to Louisiana, its land and people,” says Bouillion. “Balancing economic development with ecological restoration helps grow Louisiana infrastructure and maintain a self-sustaining environment.”