- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Urban Forest Council and the Historic Natchez Foundation has launched a project to unearth stories of local trees.

The Natchez Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1TvMHkK) the two are partnering to collect photographs and stories of old trees throughout Natchez, including who planted the trees and why they were planted.

MUFC Executive Director Donna Yowell says the Historic Natchez Trees Project is less about the trees and more about the people whose stories can be told by the trees that inspired the project.

Yowell says documenting trees and their stories could also boost ecotourism for Natchez.

HNF Executive Director Mimi Miller says the information, photos and tree locations could be used to create tours for tourists.

Yowell and Miller hope to compile information collected through the project into a publication.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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