Walgreen’s holds the distinction of being one of the most egregious
tree-killers in New Orleans. The construction of the seemingly endless
parade of stores with their combined acres of impermeable concrete has
killed more public trees than any other business in the city. To add
insult to injury, they then landscape with questionable plantings
topped with cypress mulch. Sheesh. And note the irony of the logo of
the company that did the latest Metairie store.
But it doesn’t end there. A walk through Faubourg St John reveals that
someone cares about the struggling live oak at Canseco’s that’s been
beat-up for decades. NIce try, but looks like cypress mulch strikes
And while at Home Depot, we see why: cypress mulch is the cheapest
mulch available. This is sad. Out of state companies get subsidies
from Louisiana’s economic development efforts to come here, cut our
remaining cypress forests, shred them, put them into plastic bags and
sell them back to us. Everyone who buys cypress mulch is investing in
the destruction of Louisiana and helping an out of state company make
a profit. How many layers of wrong are in that equation?
But the worst offenders, when measured by the “they should know better”
scale, are the recent beautification efforts by both the Downtown
Development District and Emeril’s. Again we see cypress mulch! Is
The Gulf Restoration Network is doing its best to get the word out. Go
and do what you can to get involved.