Dow Louisiana FCU Replaces Dying Oak with Two New Trees

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From Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union

    February 2, 2011- Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union (DLFCU) is proud to bring its new Financial Resource Center concept to the city of Central.  As construction has begun on the new facility, part of the process has been to evaluate the existing trees and foliage on the site.  DLFCU was intent on keeping both oaks that were close to Sullivan Road, but it does not look like that will happen. Entergy cut one down accidentally when moving their electrical lines underground.  In an attempt to preserve the other oak tree, DLFCU sought the expertise of Jim Culpepper, Consulting Arborist at Greener Trees Louisiana, to advise how to maintain the tree during the construction process. Mr. Culpepper has advised that the tree is in very poor health and will likely not survive even with the most intense of preservation efforts. 

    As such, DLFCU has committed to purchase new trees to replace the dying oak tree and the one cut down by Entergy in error.  All the new oaks will be under the care of Mr. Culpepper going forward, and the community will be able to enjoy watching the healthy new trees grow to maturity. "At DLFCU we care dearly for the environment and hate to see the old Oak go, but we also look forward to growing within the Central community and replenishing the property with new trees,” said Jeff Hendrickson, DLFCU President and CEO. “It is important to us that the community of Central know that the Oak is being removed with great reluctance and under the advice of specialists.  We know the new oaks will we serve as a source of beauty and pleasure for many years to come.”



  1. Ray

    February 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    I don’t envy the person who had to provide an explanation as to why the tree was cut. I would venture to say an accident was not the term used when it was discovered that one of the twin oaks was missing.

  2. mike mannino

    February 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I didnt see a thing wrong with that tree. I think it was an excuse to cut it down because it was in the way. “Poor Health” ? I’d would have loved to have had it in my yard. You can bet all the activities around it contributed to the problem. We need an ordinance like EBR to protect them before another one goes down.

    • dave

      February 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

      Mike, I spoke with the contractor, the developer, and the city and obtained the press release from Dow. The building was moved back in the lot to allow the tree to stay. Connectivity with Cane’s was moved back to the back of the lot to allow the tree to stay. The diseased state of the tree was identified by the arborist that had been hired to ensure the care and longterm health of the tree. Two other arborists were consulted on the
      Issue and agreed with the diagnosis. Dow is planting 2 15 inch diameter live oaks and the entire property and building location will remain unchanged, just as if the large live oak had never been lost. I do not believe, given all of this information, that Dow benefitted in any way over the loss of the tree. I bet they paid a bunch of money to remove the large tree, and I know that the 15 inch replacements cost thousands of dollars each. Hope that helps.

  3. mike mannino

    February 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Thanks Dave. That makes me feel better. A 15″ tree is not cheap so I commend them for their efforts.

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