Tree Planting at Three Rivers Elementary

For 15 years, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain has dedicated their time to protect, promote and preserve green spaces in Mississippi’s six coastal counties. As News 25’s Kristen Durand shows us, they celebrated those 15 years today by planting 15 trees at Three Rivers Elementary in Gulfport.
Armed with shovels, students at Three Rivers Elementary School planted 15 trees. It’s more than just tree planting for the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, it’s about sowing seeds for the future. Land Trust Executive Director Judy Steckler said, “They’re going to be the stewards of our land in the very near future and when they have an experience such as this it prepares them and helps them understand the importance of the trees and why we want to continue to protect them.”
Steckler, who is also celebrating 15 years with the Land Trust, was on hand for the planting and also for student presentations about the trees, glad that their non-profit’s mission is taking root with our younger generations. “They can bring their children here to the school and say I planted this when I was in the fifth grade,” said Steckler.
The trees may look small now but in a few years they will be providing shade for the kids at Three Rivers Elementary, something the students say is much needed. “I think it’s great. We really need it because we don’t have many, well, we have trees but we don’t have a lot,” said student Julia Chambers. Student Camden Catella said, “We really needed this because it’s kind of hot out here during recess especially when we go later in the day.”
As the Land Trust celebrates this landmark anniversary achievement, its leaders are still looking to the horizon hoping their message will continue to grow. President for the Board of Directors for the Land Trust Melanie Allen said, “When you think about what our organization has done over 15 years, starting just as a group of concerned citizens, the progress we’ve made as an environmental and conservation organization is amazing. We now protect over 8,200 acres of land in the six coastal counties of Mississippi.”[mappress mapid=”2109″]

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