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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 have formed the Kentucky Tree Recovery campaign in the wake of these storms. This multiyear campaign will focus on getting trees replanted in the yards of Kentucky’s tornado victims. Homeowners will have the ability to choose from 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. To date, 50,000 trees have been distributed to those in need, with tens of thousands more trees still needed to replenish Kentucky communities in the years to come.


Environmental and Societal Impact of 50,000 Trees Over 40 Years info

  • Cooling Savings (kWh) = $6,213,333
  • Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $3,780,000
  • Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 95,666 tons
  • Air Pollution Reductions = 1,070 tons
  • Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 2,232,000,000 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.