1) Our city’s roadside trees and green infrastructure are crucial and valuable to me.
2) DOTD must budget for the replacement of all trees to be removed as a critical element of the I-10 widening project budget, not an afterthought
3) Community trees within the proposed project area: Intercept almost 3,000,000 gallons of storm water every year; Collects over 1000 lbs. of greenhouse gasses and fine-particulate pollutants in the air each year; Scrub almost 240,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air every year
4) All trees removed during this process should be accounted for and replaced at a patio of 3:1 In an effort to recover the loss of ecological and environmental services that the current tree provide. The trees within the project area are treasured community asses paid for and supported by thousands of citizens and locals businesses over the past 30 years. To not address this directly and make appropriate plans to repair the damage in the wake of the roadway enhancements would be an insult to these thousands of people and millions of dollars expended in the name of pride of place. Please be proactive and honor this great investment in our people by funding the protection and replacement of this tremendous asset.
DOTD will be replacing trees in accordance with their Significant Tree policy and will replant where, possible in coordination with Baton Rouge Green.