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Acadiana residents learn importance of native plants at environmental workshop

Attendees planted 37 native trees in Lafayette park
Posted at 8:19 PM, Feb 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-08 21:19:45-05

Environmental advocates educated Acadiana residents today on the importance of native plants.

The Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association partnered with TreesAcadiana for a workshop at Neyland Park on Eraste Landry Rd.

The workshop's goal was to teach citizens about resilient landscapes that provide protection from erosion, help manage stormwater runoff, and provide habitats for animals.

Prizes were given away and free herbaceous plants and trees were available to attendees. The plant packs were full of native plants that will add habitat value to any yard.

A discussion was led by the president of TreesAcadiana, Sarah Schoeffler. Attendees then got the opportunity to help plant 37 native tree seedlings near the baseball field and parking lot.

The event was no waste, so those attending were asked to bring mugs for complimentary coffee and water bottles to fill at a drinking station.

Kiera Frey, the association's secretary, explained that a lot of families brought their children to the event and helped plant trees so that they can "come back when those kids are older and see how these trees have improved the landscape."

Learn more about the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association and other events here.