LaCC Story | Lake Charles Tuten Park

Holly, GulfCorps Crew |

On August 27th, 2020 Hurricane Laura hit Lake Charles as a category 4 hurricane. As a result the area was devastated, buildings were in ruins, downed trees were everywhere, and the area in general was just destroyed. To help give relief to the area, on March 17th, 2021, the GulfCorps crew of Louisiana Conservation Corps (LaCC) traveled to Tuten Park in Lake Charles, LA. We were given the task to clear the perimeter of the park’s pine loop trail. This portion of the park had little work done prior, and there was much to be done. The objective was to clear a path wide enough for vehicles to get through in order to further the restoration process. Armed with chainsaws, our team spent the next week sawing through downed trees and more vines than you can imagine. The trail was dense with debris, there were instances where you couldn’t see the path ahead of you. Walls of vines 8ft tall and 12ft deep were common obstacles we faced. We met our objectives safely and effectively, and at the same time exceeded the expectations of our project partner. This is one of the most memorable hitches I have been on yet, and I am happy to have been a part of the restoration process!

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