South Mississippians Replant Trees Destroyed By Katrina

Like a broken record, Master Gardener Bess Moffatt asked folks in line which tree they wanted to take home.

"I'll have one of these," one lady said as she pointed to the Sawtooth oak.

"Okay," Moffatt says and grabs the seedling. "Good luck."

No more instructions are needed.

"Very low maintenance, most of your trees are like that," Moffatt says.

"The main thing to remember is to plant them at the depth they were planted in the nursery originally. There'll be a soil line on the tree that kind of denotes that," Jackson County Extension Services Manager Walter Walker says.

Hundreds of people came by the Pascagoula Recreation Center looking for a free tree.

Post Katrina, healthy ones are in short supply.

"They preserve the soil, they keep erosion down and give wonderful shade. It'll be awhile before these give any shade. Maybe the next generation," Pascagoula resident Anne Moore says.

But that doesn't bother Bryon King. He knows a good looking lawn takes time.

"They make the yard look good. I like to have a pretty yard," King says.

Curtis Nelson stopped by for some seedlings too.

The trees Nelson planted before Katrina aren't doing too well.

"That's what I'm talking about. Get some nature going on here," Nelson says as he plants a tree in his backyard.

Nelson hopes he and this seedling can grow old together.

"It's going to be a few years, but I hope my grand kids be under there one day drinking tea. That'll be all right with me," Nelson adds.

Jackson County, Florida partnered up with Jackson County, Mississippi to donate some of the trees. They brought in some 1500 trees including live oaks, pecan, and green ash.