Our city’s roadside trees and green infrastructure are crucial and valuable to me. DOTD must budget for replacing trees as a critical element of the I-10 widening project. Community trees within the proposed project area intercept almost three million gallons of storm water every year; collect over one thousand pounds of greenhouse gases and fine particulate pollutants in the air each year; and scrub almost 240,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air every year. All trees that are removed during this process should be accounted for and replaced at a ratio of 3:1 in a effort to recover the loss of ecological and environmental services that the current trees provide.
DOTD will be replacing trees in accordance with their Significant Tree policy and will replant where, possible in coordination with Baton Rouge Green.