Biloxi wants to give old trees new life

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In a few weeks, 19 live oak trees will be removed from the lot across from the Beau Rivage to make room for the 36-million dollar baseball stadium.

However, with the loss of so many precious live oaks; the city is exploring new ways to lessen the blow.

"The city wants to see something positive done with these trees. They don't want them just turned into firewood. They want to see them put to good use, preferably locally," said Biloxi Public Affairs Manager Vincent Creel.

On Tuesday, the Biloxi city council will consider a resolution to give wood to the Biloxi Maritime and Seafood Industry History Museum to maintain and repair the museum's two schooners, the Mike Sekul and the Glenn L. Swetman.

The museum would be ready, willing and able to use the wood in an effort to give the trees new life.

"The trees were grown here for hundreds of years, and what better way to preserve them than with our Biloxi schooners that sail these waters every day. It's keeping our history here with our Biloxi schooners," says Museum Director Robin Krohn David.

Even though the schooners are made of cypress, juniper and pine wood; live oak could be utilized in the ongoing mission to keep the boats in tip top shape.

In the resolution being voted on by the city council, some of the wood could also be used by other maritime institutions dedicated to restoring historic and replica vessels of national significance.

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