The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign has had great success for two years. The Alabama Forestry Commission and Arbor Day Foundation along with support from members and other donors across the country have raised more than $75,000 to replace trees lost due to the April 2011 tornadoes.
While the cleanup and rebuilding will continue for years to come, people can help the healing process now. Anyone can help with an online donation at www.arborday.org/alabama. For every dollar donated, the Arbor Day Foundation will deliver a tree to an Alabama resident affected by the April tornadoes.
The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign aims to help families restore their tree lined homes and neighborhoods. The new trees bring beauty, healing, and hope. With people's support to the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign, the tree-lined streets, shaded parks, and beautiful neighborhoods that have always been part of Alabama can return.
The Arbor Day Foundation will deliver trees selected to thrive in the area. Distribution of the trees to awaiting Alabama families and communities will be coordinated by the Alabama Forestry Commission in February 2014.
"The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign is an important effort to distribute trees to Alabamians who had homes destroyed in the April tornado outbreak,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “This campaign will help restore our communities and I am appreciative to the Alabama Forestry Commission and Arbor Day Foundation for coming together on this project."
"The trees lost in the recent tornado outbreak provided millions of dollars in environmental, economic, and social benefits," said Linda Casey, the Alabama State Forester. "This campaign can go a long way toward putting our communities and surrounding areas on the path to recovery."
The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign is an ongoing initiative in the Arbor Day Foundation's Trees for America program. Other initiatives include delivering more than 120,000 trees to Gulf Coast families who were victims of Hurricane Katrina, and replanting more than 20 million trees in national forests devastated by disease and fire.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with more than one million members nationwide. More information about the Foundation and its conservation programs can be found at www.arborday.org.
The Alabama Forestry Commission is a state agency committed to protecting, conserving, and increasing Alabama’s forest resource. For more information, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov.
For more information, contact:
Clifford Hawkins, Alabama Forestry Commission