St. Bernard Parish Government kicks off the Road Home Lot Planting Program

Photo by Lenor Duplessis.

St. Bernard Parish Government Office of Community Development and District C Councilman Howard Luna has partnered with Common Ground Relief and the Meraux Foundation for a Road Home Lot Planting Program.

The program kicked off this morning with a tree planting at 3109 Volpe Drive in Chalmette. An additional 95 trees will be planted on 34 empty road home lots in Arabi, Chalmette, and Meraux. The trees will beautify neighborhoods, absorb storm waters, provide wildlife value and will replace trees lost during Hurricane Katrina.

The tree planting will be under the direction of Common Ground Relief’s Interim Executive Director Britt Aliperti. Student volunteers from Ohio State University will plant the trees as part of the Buck-I-Serve Program.

District C Councilman Howard Luna said, “It is my hope that this project is the beginning of re-establishing the tree canopy in our neighborhoods. Many thanks to the Meraux Foundation, to Common Ground Relief, and our Office of Community Development for their assistance with this project. This is a perfect example of our local government working to bring neighborhood projects that enhance the attractiveness of our community.”

To find out more information about our partners on this project visit Common Ground at and the Meraux Foundation at