On the afternoon of May 20, 2013, a destructive EF5 tornado wreaked havoc on the community of Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado had peak wind speeds estimated at 210 mph, destroyed 1,150 homes, injured 377 people, took the lives of 24 community members and caused an estimated 2 million dollars in damages.
Entire neighborhoods were leveled, and both Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary school were directly hit by the storm. As Moore residents continue to rebuild their community, the Arbor Day Foundation has formed a partnership to help restore the neighborhood trees that were lost.
The Moore Tree Recovery campaign is a multiyear partnership between the Oklahoma Forestry Commission, the Tree Bank of Oklahoma and the Arbor Day Foundation. This recovery campaign has plans to help distribute thousands of trees to Moore residents for years to come. The 2015 tree distribution efforts were greatly enhanced by RETREET, a fellow nonprofit organization committed to tree recovery and planting efforts in disaster-stricken areas throughout the country.
So far, 1,500 trees have been handed out to homeowners. With everyone’s help, the tree-lined streets of Moore, Oklahoma, can be restored for the enjoyment of both present and future generations alike.
Environmental and Societal Impact of 1,500 Trees Over 40 Years info
- Cooling Savings (kWh) = $402,800
- Heating Savings (kBtu) = $96,400
- Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $499,200
- Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 5,710 tons
- Air Pollution Reductions = 29 tons
- Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 75,900,000 gallons