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.
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Here are other tree planting ceremonies Friday:
Call Don Siebenkittel at 228-342-0918 for more information
Locations include River Front Community Center, Pelican Landing Convention Center and Frederick Street Park
Call Chadwick Smith at 228-366-0445 for more information
Call Wes Jones at 228-671-6539 for more information
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.