Group of volunteers plant 1,000 black mangrove trees in eastern Biloxi marsh

Pictured from left to right are Wayne Burgess (LSU AgCenter); Jay Prather (ELOS Environmental); Dominique Siebert (Sea Grant); Jerry Graves (Graves Public Services); Jonathan Willis (Nicholls State University); John Lane (SBPG); George Ricks (SBPG); Chris Haines (Meraux Foundation); Monty Montelongo, Jr. (St. Bernard Parish Council); Danny Ricks (ELOS Environmental); Monty Montelongo, III (Biloxi Marsh Lands Corporation); and Blaise Pezold (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry).

A group of volunteers from various agencies and businesses planted 1,000 black mangrove trees in the eastern Biloxi Marsh. St. Bernard Parish Government’s Coastal Department purchased 200 plants and received 500 plants from Nicholls State University and 300 from Low Tide Charters. The group is collecting and potting an additional 1,500 black mangrove propagules to be in October and also raising 1,500 black mangrove seedlings at Chalmette High School that will be planted in the spring of 2018.

Pictured from left to right are District E Councilman Monty Montelongo, Jr.; Jonathan Willis; and Lucas Bissett (Low Tide Charters).