Story by PO3 Kaitlyn E Eads on 05/16/2018NOLA Tree Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to planting new trees to replace the thousands lost during Hurricane Katrina, said Connie Uddo, the director of NOLA Tree Project. The project was started approximately 10 years ago by Uddo and her husband. They spread awareness throughout the community by providing citizens with free trees and teaching them how to plant them.
"Today we are planting trees in an area of the city that was inundated with water during Hurricane Katrina and suffered a massive tree loss," said Uddo. "We're planting cypress and oak trees which are native to our city and they are both big drinking trees, which play a very important role in storm water management."
Uddo said she was thrilled to have such a great group of Sailors and Marines helping to
get the trees in the ground. The group worked together to plant more 30 trees to restore the environment and beautify the community.
"It feels pretty awesome to be here," said Electronics Technication 1st Class Jasmin Lamanna. "I had family members that were living out here when Katrina hit and it's been almost 10 years since they lost everything so it feels great to help rebuild the community and to give back after they've treated us so well this week."
Navy Week New Orleans provides an opportunity for the citizens of New Orleans and visitors to meet nearly 2,000 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see, firsthand, the latest capabilities of today's sea services.
Navy Week New Orleans is scheduled to run from April 19 to April 25.
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