A Haven After the Storm

On the back of a series of lengthy design posts (too lengthy, if you ask my husband), I have a brief message today, wrought short by my disbelief at the scenes of devastation wrought by Sandy the Superstorm over the last days.

Sandy, Katrina, Rita – such innocuous names for such catastrophic forces of nature. Who knows what the final outcome of Sandy’s devastating wake will be across the Caribbean, the East Coast of the US and now Canada? But when Katrina struck in 2005 – can it really have been 7 years? – New Orleans lost, among so many lives and buildings and infrastructure, 100,000 trees, including most of its stately magnolias and live oaks. Monique Pilié, a New Orleans native, hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2006 to raise money for new trees for her plundered city. Her foundation, Hike for KaTreeNa, has set a goal to plant 20,000 new trees by February 2013, when Super Bowl XLVII arrives at the Superdome.

Planting season begins in October, a perfect tree-planting time of year in warmer climates – take note, Californians – and donations of money and time are both accepted and appreciated. Species planted are live oaks, cypresses, magnolias, Crepe myrtles, maples, ash, elm and redbud; public thoroughfares and front yards in decimated communities are the recipients.

To donate or to request new trees for your area of New Orleans, please visit Hike for KaTreeNa.

To help with the more immediate devastation wrought along the Eastern Seabord, please visit the American Red Cross.