How to help plant Live oaks across South Mississippi on Friday

Cities across the Coast will plant oak trees Friday.
Cities across the Coast will plant oak trees Friday. amccoy@sunherald.com File

An initiative to plant 100 Lives oaks across South Mississippi this year will get a push Friday.

The program is part of Gov. Phil Bryant’s Tree Planting Week and is an agreement between the Hancock Bank Perseverance Oaks Program and the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain. Several cities have committed to planting trees.

A planting ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Friday at East North Gulfport Park.

The program started in 2015 on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Hancock Bank planted the first Perseverance Oaks saplings, grown from acorns dropped by Long Beach’s 500-year-old Friendship Oak, at several Long Beach and Gulfport community green spaces in 2016.

Community and business leaders gathered at Long Beach Town Green for the kick-off event for Hancock Bank's Perseverance Oak program on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Saplings grown from the iconic Friendship Oak's acorns will be planted across the Coast.

Here are other tree planting ceremonies Friday:


8-9 a.m.

Call Don Siebenkittel at 228-342-0918 for more information

Moss Point

10 a.m.

Locations include River Front Community Center, Pelican Landing Convention Center and Frederick Street Park

Call Chadwick Smith at 228-366-0445 for more information

Pass Christian

1 p.m.

City Hall

Call Wes Jones at 228-671-6539 for more information


2 p.m.

I.G. Levy Memorial Park

Call David Minkler at 228-627-6474 for more information

Other cities, including Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gautier, Long Beach and Ocean Springs, will plant Live oaks later in February in conjunction with the Perseverance Oaks and Land Trust partnership and local special events.