200-year-old live oak tree cut down in Ocean Springs

Today the 200-year-old oak tree in Ocean Springs was cut down after months of controversy.

A centuries-old live oak tree in Ocean Springs survived Hurricane Katrina, but now is cut down because it may be a safety threat to a nearby playground.

The Ocean Springs Board of Alderman voted June 15th to take the tree down. That decision followed a report from an arborist who inspected it in November and said the root system was failing.

The Sun Herald reports that residents invited another arborist to inspect the tree Monday, but he also recommended removing it.

The decision has prompted some residents to complain about a pattern of neglect of the city’s trees.

The tree’s long branches were sawed off this morning.

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