Did You Know?
New Orleans City Park is home to the world’s largest stand of mature live oak trees, which includes a grand oak that dates back nearly 800 years! Each year, a single Live Oak tree, with a 4 foot diameter trunk, can provide the following benefits:
o Intercepts 21,137 gallons of stormwater runoff – Trees act as mini reservoirs, increasing infiltration and storage of rainwater through the tree’s roots, and reducing soil erosion and subsidence by slowing rain.
o Conserves 511 kWh of electricity – Trees shade homes and buildings, reducing the need for energy for cooling. Trees also cool the air by converting liquid water to water vapor through the process of evapotranspiration.
o Reduces atmospheric carbon by 1,345 pounds CO2 – Trees “sequester” CO2 in their roots, trunks, stems, and leaves while they grow, and in wood products after they have been harvested. Most car owners of an “average” car drive 12,000 miles annually, generating about 11,000 pounds of CO2 each year.
o Improves air quality – Trees absorb pollutants like ozone, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide through leaves, and release oxygen through photosynthesis.
• Over 100 species of birds have been spotted in New Orleans City Park in the last two years (2016-2018). City Park provides a full-time home to many of these species and a migratory stop-over for many more. During spring or fall migration season, it is common for birders in Couturie Forest and Scout Island to see up to 40 species in one outing! Check out the bird sightings in New Orleans City Park at https://ebird.org/hotspot/L453412.
• New Orleans City Park contains 137 acres of water bodies and 22 miles of lagoon shoreline. That is plenty of space for you to come fishing and try to break the record for largest bass caught in the Park. Current record: 9 pounds, 3 ounces!