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YOU can help City Park win $50,000

You’ve helped push us into first place!
Your vote in the Redwood Creek Wines Greater Outdoors Project can mean $50,000 to restore Couturie Forest!
 Restore Couturie Forest by voting once each day at http://www.blazethetrail.com/greatoutdoors/vote and by texting PARK to 39668 once each day.  You can vote online once per 24 hours with voting reset at Midnight EST.  You can also vote by SMS (Text Message) once per 24 hours, however voting by SMS resets 24 hours from when you cast your vote.
 Two weeks ago, we trailed the first place contestant by 2,000 votes.  Last week, we were behind by 800 votes.  Today, we are in first place, but only by 600 votes.
 We can win this, folks!  This email goes to over 6,000 City Park supporters.  If each of you voted between now and the end of the month, City Park would win the contest and the $50,000.  Voting Concludes this Sunday, May 31st.  Thanks so much for your votes and support!

Quietly nestled at the center of New Orleans City Park’s 1,300 acres is a hidden gem- Couturie Forest. The Forest was designated a community arboretum in 1939 with a bequest of $50,000 for 6,000 trees. Since then, the Forest canopy matured and the infrastructure expanded to include trails, a rustic amphitheater, and docks jutting into the surrounding lagoons. In 2005, destruction from Hurricane Katrina-spawned tornados and floodwaters killed 95% of the Forest’s trees, disrupting the habitats of alligators, box turtles, and over 100 species of migratory and resident birds. Friends of City Park is committed to transforming the damaged woodland into a verdant and thriving ecological destination. Following a plan from landscape architecture firm Mossop+Michaels, the revitalized Couturie Forest will offer 62 acres of preserved land featuring eight native ecosystems.   

Vote early and vote often to restore Couturie Forest and give New Orleanians of all ages, backgrounds, and income brackets the beauty and seclusion of the woodland- right in the heart of the city!   

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