At least 11 iconic oak trees damaged by Hurricane Sally in Bienville Square of Mobile, AL, are in the process of being removed.
Six of the trees were knocked down when Hurricane Sally’s high winds battered the historic park in mid-September. More recently, WKRG reported that five more trees were identified as public safety threats and needed to be removed by the Urban Forest Strike Team, a team of certified arborists.
According to WPMI, wood from the trees will be milled, dried and offered to local artists, including those affiliated with the Mobile Arts Council.
In a Facebook post, the council noted, “Once (the wood) it is in a more manageable state, we will put a call out to artists to come grab a piece! We plan to organize an exhibition of works made with the fallen oaks sometime next year in our gallery space at Room 1927.”
Biennville Square, located in the heart of Mobile, was established as a public park in 1824.