Mayor Nic Hunter was joined by representatives from Firestone Polymers, other elected officials, and community members to announce the launch of the City of Lake Charles’ #ReTreeLC Initiative.

Firestone Polymers, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, donated and helped install more than 350 trees and over 2,000 native grasses in Hillcrest, Grace & Medora, and Buddy Prejean Parks. The donation is part of Firestone’s ongoing commitment to the local community through environmentally sustainable projects that improve the environment and provide recreational and educational opportunities. 

In conjunction with this corporate donation, the #ReTreeLC Initiative was officially announced by Mayor Hunter. Mayor Hunter stated, “As we continue to recover and rebuild from the 2020 hurricanes, it is critical that we re-establish our natural environment as well by replanting trees across our city. We are appreciative of Firestone’s support to the Lake Charles area and for their leadership to help restore our natural infrastructure. In the coming weeks we will highlight additional community partners who are making this critical initiative possible. It is our hope to be leaders in the responsible reforestation of our City, but we cannot do it alone. We are asking our community to help as well.”

In addition to planting trees and native grasses in public spaces, the #ReTreeLC Initiative will also include free educational seminars for the public and a tree giveaway in April 2022 to help citizens re-tree their own property. The City is also working to engage other community partners in an effort to re-tree other properties, such as school campuses, citywide,

“Firestone has been committed to the greater Lake Charles area for the past 78 years. Firestone employees live in the area, and Firestone is proud to support the City of Lake Charles and its citizens through the replanting of more than 350 native trees in three local parks,” said Greg Defrates, director of Operations, Firestone Polymers.

The tree planting was completed by volunteers from the Firestone Polymers’ plant, City employees, and overseen by RES, a local environmental restoration company and Dana Brown & Associates, a landscape architecture firm. Following the tree planting event, RES will be maintaining the trees over the coming months and will be facilitating the 2000 tree giveaway for the public in April of 2022.

“We are honored to be a part of this project with a great corporate sponsor committed to meeting the needs of community. As our team worked with Firestone and Mayor Hunter, it was obvious that replanting trees and being able to give away thousands of native trees for the public is exactly what the community needed,” said Darrell Whitley, CEO of RES.

For more information on getting involved with the #ReTreeLC Initiative, contact Emerald Fletcher at 337-491-1283, ext. 0903, or email emerald.fletcher@cityoflc.us.

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About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.: 

Nashville, Tennessee-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions. Bridgestone Americas develops, manufactures, and markets a diverse portfolio of original equipment and replacement tires, tire-centric solutions, mobility solutions, and other rubber-associated and diversified products that deliver social value and customer value. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, Bridgestone is dedicated to shaping a sustainable future of mobility and improving the way people move, live, work and play.

About RES:

RES (Resource Environmental Solutions) is restoring a resilient earth for a modern world, project by project. As the nation’s largest ecological restoration company, RES provides environmental mitigation, stormwater and water quality, and climate and flooding resilience solutions with a focus on full delivery, long-term stewardship, and guaranteed performance. RES designs, builds, and sustains sites that preserve the environmental balance, restoring our land and waters to enhance lives for generations to come.