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Mar 13, 2014 8:26 AM by AP

New Orleans to begin replenishing Esplanade oaks

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is looking for a contractor to start replenishing the diminished canopy of oak trees along the Esplanade Avenue neutral ground between North Rampart and North Miro streets.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the city plans to spend about $450,000 in federal grant money on the project, which should begin early this summer.

The city's plan calls for adding 27 new oaks and removing nine considered to be in "major decline" and posing a hazard. The contractor also will remove dead wood from otherwise healthy trees, clear out other small trees and shrubs and lay down sod in some areas.

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