1930s tree planting takes place again
Mrs. Martha Boudreaux was a student at Franklin High School in the 1930s when the boys from her senior class planted trees along the Adeline stretch of La. 182 west of Baldwin.
“Principal Crowell wouldn’t let the girls go,” she said, “I think that was discrimination.”
Eight decades later Boudreaux made up for that by finally getting to plant a tree Saturday along with 49 others put in the ground by volunteers.
The Soil and Water Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with St. Mary Parish 4-H Youth and Family Development Program, Farm Service Agency and Apache Corp. on a beautification project in St. Mary Parish.
The SWCD was awarded an Apache Tree Grant in order to continue the original La. 182 Beatification Project that began with plantings in the 1930s by World War 1 veterans.
A few years later, additional trees were planted by 4-H with the help of the first grade class at the Adeline plantation school.
The trees planted Saturday were placed in the ground to fill in the gaps of the trees already existing.
Many of the original trees have died off in recent years, according to Sen. Bret Allain, R-Franklin, who grew up in Adeline.
The group has expectations of getting additional grants to continue the planting on both sides of La. 182.