More than 16,000 Trees Planted Along the Natchez Trace Parkway
TUPELO, MS – The Natchez Trace Parkway is home to more than 16,000 brand new tree seedlings, planted near the new intersection of Highway 6 and Parkway milepost 257. “When the new roadway came through, some forest was removed,” said Dr. Lisa McInnis, Chief of Resource Management. “This project will restore some of that forested habitat, and provide for scenic protection going into the future.”
A mixture of many hardwood tree species and a few shortleaf pines were planted, totaling 23 acres. Plantings were done in accordance to a re-vegetation plan conceived by the Parkway Ecologist, Jesse Burton. “Care was taken to select species that are appropriate for the area and the soil type,” said Burton.
This project is part of the Parkway’s preparation for the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary in 2016.