Live oak planting at George Martin City Park in Gautier
Gautier city leaders and students from Singing River Elementary School took advantage of the beautiful weather today. They planted two live oak saplings at George Martin City Park.
The saplings are among young live oaks procured from local growers through a partnership between Hancock Bank’s Perseverance Oaks Program and the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain to plant at least 100 live oaks across the Coast in 2017, all in an effort to replenish the live oaks lost to Hurricane Katrina.
Senior Communications Officer for Hancock Bank Paul Maxwell said, “We’ve planted live oaks all over the Coast. We started out with saplings that were gathered from the Friendship Oak acorns, grown from the Friendship Oak acorns. It’s certainly important, number one the live oak is such a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast legacy. It adds so much to the beauty, not to mention the benefits to the environment.”
Dozens of oak trees have already been planted across the Coast through Hancock Bank’s Perseverance Oaks Program.