Celebrate Terrebonne Parish Arbor Day by receiving some free trees

The Terrebonne Parish Tree Board will host a tree giveaway at the Terrebonne Parish Library Main Branch on Saturday, January 25—which was declared this year’s Arbor Day in Houma-Terrebonne during a council meeting last week. 

The 14th annual event is sponsored by the Apache Corporation, which is donating 200 native potted trees for this year’s giveaway. The Tree Board is donating 800 bare root seedlings in addition to those trees. 

Members of the LSU AgCenter and its affiliate organization, La Terre Master Gardeners Association, will join the Tree Board in assisting residents with their tree selections. They will also provide pamphlets that instruct citizens on how to plant and take care of their trees. 

Attendees will be limited to two potted trees per household. They can receive up to five or more seedlings, depending on how many are left, Terrebonne Parish Tree Board Chair Trudy Hebert said. 

The event will start at 9 a.m. and be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

“Trees provide everything from the air we breathe to coastal restoration…Trees provide shade, and in that shade, the difference between the temperature can be 10 to 15 degrees,” Hebert said. “Arbor Day is important because people don’t realize how valuable trees are to their everyday living.”