On May 19, 2011, an EF5 tornado barreled through the city of Joplin, Missouri, destroying homes, livelihoods and landscapes. This destructive tornado damaged over 7,500 homes and 550 businesses, injured more than 1,000 people and took 160 lives. After the storm passed and as the Joplin community regained its footing, the Arbor Day Foundation reached out to partners on the ground to develop a plan to get trees back into the hands of homeowners who desperately needed them.
In response, the Joplin Tree Recovery campaign emerged from a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Launched in the spring of 2012, the Joplin Tree Recovery campaign has now distributed 26,000 trees to the city’s homeowners and continues to help replant seeds of hope in the community.
Thanks to an outpouring of support for the Joplin Tree Recovery campaign, we will continue in 2016 to distribute thousands of trees to homeowners affected by the tornado, restoring the landscape to its natural beauty.
Environmental and Societal Impact of 26,000 Trees Over 40 Years info
- Cooling Savings (kWh) = $3,230,933
- Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $1,965,600
- Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 49,746 tons
- Air Pollution Reductions = 556 tons
- Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 1,160,640,000 gallons