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Hammond Recreation District celebrates Arbor Day with Cypress tree

Hammond Recreation District celebrates Arbor Day with Cypress tree

On the left Frank Vallot explains the best way to plant a “cypress”, and some of the unique properties of our state tree. Observing are Cameron Vallot, Chappappeela park manager Randy Albarez, and city councilman Jason Hood. (photo by Alvon Brumfield).

Author: AN17/Saturday, April 27, 2013/Categories: News, Features

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Friday , April 26 was Arbor Day.

 In a show of support for Louisiana conservation the Chappapeela Sports complex in Hammond planted a bald cypress tree, the state tree of Louisiana.

The tree was donated by Acadian Cypress & Hardwoods, of Ponchatoula LA.   

The CEO of Acadian Cypress, Frank Vallot explained many of the unique characteristics of our state tree.

 It has a high tolerance to brackish (slightly salty) water, which is why so many grow in the edge of Lake Pontchartrain.   Cypress trees only grow its famous cypress knees if planted where the ground is very wet most of the time.    

 Lumber made from the Cypress tree is superior to most other types of trees, especially in South Louisiana, because cypress wood is more tolerant to moisture and other issues associated with our lush environment.  

Thousands of years ago Egyptian mummies were buried in caskets made from cypress; those boxes have stood the test of time..

 Thanks to Arbor Day, and companies like Acadian Cypress, who frequently plant cypress trees, there are more forests and more trees today than there were one hundred years ago.  

Using natural wood in construction is more than beautiful, it is environmentally friendly.  Looking into the future natural wood is eco-friendly.

Although it can last thousands of years in a home, In a landfill natural wood can return to the environment in less than a decade, unlike its plastic counterparts that can remain an unwanted waste product for centuries.  

Because trees can be replanted they are a renewable "green" product, and they were “green” before it became a politically charged buzzword.  Heck! they were green before the word green even existed. (story and photo by Alvon Brumfield, Hammond Resident)


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