Plant a tree and honor a loved one and your community

Hurricane Katrina destroyed many of our beautiful oak trees that graced our neighborhoods. Especially hard hit was the area along the beach front. In Harrison County two large oak trees at Preservation Oaks Park just south of the Island View Casino in Gulfport were destroyed.

We are happy to report that the casino paid for two large oak trees that were recently replanted in the park. One of the owners of the casino, Rick Carter, said it's an honor to donate two majestic trees that are such symbols of strength for south Mississippi. Mayor George Schloegel said the donation demonstrated what being good neighbors is all about.

Slowly but surely, the coast is replacing many of the beautiful trees we lost to Katrina's winds. The mayor also announced Gulfport is about to launch a city-wide tree planting program that will allow citizens to donate a tree as a memorial to a loved one.

Those trees, oaks and magnolias will be planted along the boulevards throughout the city. We think this is a great idea that other cities and counties along the coast should adopt. The next time you want to give a memorial, plant a tree that not only you can enjoy, but also, generations to come will benefit as well.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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