On April 28, 2014, an EF4 wedge tornado tore through the streets of Tupelo and Louisville, Mississippi. The city of Louisville suffered 10 fatalities and more than 80 injuries. In Tupelo, approximately 2,000 residences and 100 commercial structures were damaged or destroyed, and more than 4,000 residents were left without power.
The Northeast Mississippi Tree Recovery campaign is a joint partnership between the Mississippi Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day Foundation focused on helping the residents of these affected communities recover after the storm. A diverse mix of new trees will be distributed to homeowners in Tupelo and Louisville. These new trees will symbolize a new beginning for these communities as they continue to bring hope and healing to their neighborhoods.
So far, 12,500 trees have been distributed to area residents. With your help, we can begin to restore the beautiful Mississippi landscape.
Environmental and Societal Impact of 12,500 Trees Over 40 Years info
- Cooling Savings (kWh) = $3,356,666
- Heating Savings (kBtu) = $803,333
- Net Energy Savings (kBtu) = $4,160,000
- Net Carbon Dioxide Reductions = 47,583 tons
- Air Pollution Reductions = 245 tons
- Hydrology (Rainfall Inception) Increase = 632,500,000 gallons