New Orleans, Louisiana
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service has helped Groundwork New Orleans, one of the Groundwork USA Trusts working to improve the environment, economy, and quality of life for distressed communities. NPS RTCA facilitated a partnership between Groundwork New Orleans and the Timberland Company. This successful partnership brought many volunteers because Timberland granted employees paid time off to work on the project. Additionally, it provided nearly $40,000 for equipment and supplies. The national Groundwork USA partnership includes the NPS and the Environmental Protection Agency and has supported new trusts in distressed environmental communities across the country, all of which face overlapping challenges including environmental, economic, and social justice issues.
Photo: Groundwork New Orleans volunteers beautify the neighborhood at a Timberland Service Day.