Landscape Plan Unveiled by USM

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The University of Southern Mississippi's plans to recover from a February tornado that hit the Hattiesburg campus include a landscaping project.

School president, Rodney Bennett, says the $3 million multi-year, multi-phase cleanup project will add additional sidewalks, plant 130 trees and increase the size of Lake Byron.

Work on the lake will allow it to temporarily retain storm water for irrigation purposes.

Officials say the first phase will kick off at the end of April by planting five large-specimen trees approximately 50 feet tall and 40 feet wide around the gateway to the university. He says it should be substantially completed by graduation.

Officials say the remaining phases will depend on funding, which will come primarily through private donors.