On March 2, 2012, 19 tornadoes tore through more than 100 miles of cities, towns and countryside in Kentucky. The lethal storms killed 22 people, destroyed hundreds of homes, and uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees from yards, parks and forests. The destruction was so great, that President Barack Obama declared 16 Kentucky counties federal disaster areas.
The Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Arbor Day Foundation have formed a partnership called the Kentucky Community Tree Recovery Campaign in the wake of these storms. This multi-year campaign will focus on getting trees replanted in the yards of Kentucky’s tornado victims. Homeowners will have the ability to choose between a diverse selection of seedling trees, and will receive proper tree planting and care materials. With your help we can deliver trees to citizens desperately in need, and plant hope and healing back into the hearts of these communities.
Efforts began in April 2014, with the planting and distribution of 25,000 trees to communities in 5 counties affected by the tornadoes in Kentucky. Spring of 2015 will see 40,000 more trees being distributed to those in need, with tens of thousands more trees still needed to replenish Kentucky communities in the years to come.