Replant Biloxi to give away trees Friday and Saturday

Residents can get up to five trees – choosing from six different species up to five feet tall – during a giveaway on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hiller Park in Biloxi.

Replant Biloxi, a program that gave away more than 800 trees last year, will give away 1,200 trees over the two-day period. Trees will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents must present a completed form before receiving trees. To see the form, click here. Forms also are available at all public libraries in Biloxi, at the fire station on Oaklawn Road, and will be available at the Hiller Park giveaway.

Six different species will be offered: Red Maple, Pecan, Southern Magnolia, American Sycamore, American Elder and Bald Cypress. The trees are in three-gallon containers, and most stand four to five feet tall now.

Replant Biloxi is part of Replant South Mississippi, an initiative to replace 300,000 native trees lost in the wake of Katrina.

The overall program is being organized by the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain and the Sun Herald, with funding assistance from the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Home Depot Foundation.