- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) - Volunteers spent the weekend restoring some of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction by planting maples, live oaks and cypress trees at Henderson Point in Pass Christian.

About 40 volunteers spent Saturday on the project and planned to finish up Sunday, WLOX-TV reported (https://bit.ly/1QrhNIM ).

Saturday marked the start of Restore America’s Estuaries Week.

“The trees will help in the filtration of the water going in to the estuaries which is real important,” said Judy Steckler, executive director for the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain. She said they’ll also provide food and shelter that will attract birds.

Some volunteers used a gas-powered post-hole digger to create holes for the trees, which were a few feet high. Others carried out the potted trees and set them into the holes.

“Making it look nicer is what makes me feel good about it,” said volunteer Tia White.

Gary Shulmire brought his son and daughter.

“I thought it would be good to help them learn and understand what it is to be in a community and help out,” he said.

In Louisiana, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program plans to mark the week with an art contest for children and teenagers on Sept. 26 in downtown Thibodaux (TIB-uh-doh).

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com


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