Centennial Tree Planting
The first Centennial Tree Planting event was held on February 20, 2010, as the Evangeline Area Council’s focus of celebration for the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. On this Saturday in February, 1,500 Scouts and their families from across the Council planted 4,457 cypress tree seedlings near the Atchafalaya Basin Welcome Center in St. Martin Parish. To date, through five events, the Council has planted 53,000 native trees in the Atchafalaya.
The Centennial Tree Planting continues to make an impact as an annual event run by Swamp Base. The planting takes place every year in the late winter when conditions for planting bare-root seedlings and acorns are ideal. A new site is identified as a planting location each year, and hundreds of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers, along with federal, state, and local governments volunteer their time to establish native stands of trees in the Atchafalaya Swamp.
The Centennial Tree Planting is open to all Evangeline Area Council Scouts and their family members, and interested companies and volunteers looking to make a difference in the Atchafalaya.