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Kentucky Tree Recovery

Help tornado-affected communities restore the natural beauty of their landscape.

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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 formed the Kentucky Tree Recovery campaign in the wake of these storms. This multiyear campaign focused on getting trees replanted in the yards of Kentucky’s tornado victims. Homeowners had the ability to choose from a diverse selection of seedling trees and received proper tree planting and care materials. With your help, trees were delivered to citizens desperately in need—planting hope and healing back into the hearts of these communities.


Environmental and Societal Impact of 75,000 Trees Over 40 Years info

  • Cooling Savings (kWh) = $9,320,000
  • Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $5,670,000
  • Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 143,500 tons
  • Air Pollution Reductions = 1,605 tons
  • Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 3,348,000,000 gallons

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Community Tree Recovery is an initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation nationally sponsored by FedEx. The Kentucky Tree Recovery campaign is in partnership with the Kentucky Division of Forestry.