On April 17, 2014, an EF4 tornado touched down in Arkansas, and wreaked havoc on the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia. The tornado remained on the ground for over an hour—reaching wind speeds of up to 190 mph—and took 16 lives. It is considered among the most deadly tornados to hit Arkansas since 1968.
The Arkansas Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day Foundation formed the Central Arkansas Tree Recovery campaign to replant hope in the affected communities. The multi-year campaign was a joint partnership that distributed new trees to residents who lost trees in the destructive storm. A diverse tree species mix allowed homeowners to select what best suited their home landscapes and green up their neighborhoods.
Thanks to outpouring support, 17,000 trees were distributed to area residents. Because of your help, these communities can regrow their beautiful Arkansas landscape.
Environmental and Societal Impact of 17,000 Trees Over 40 Years info
- Cooling Savings (kWh) = $4,565,066
- Heating Savings (kBtu) = $1,092,533
- Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $5,657,600
- Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 64,713 tons
- Air Pollution Reductions = 333 tons
- Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 860,200,000 gallons