The Forestry Commission and Arbor Day Foundation are hosting tree giveaways in an effort to heal the wounds of tornado-ravaged areas. 18 north Alabama communities will receive a total of 25,000 trees during February, in an effort to support recovery and help restore the tree-lined streets, shaded parks, and beautiful neighborhoods of the state that were damaged by the April 2011 tornados. This is in addition to the 60,000 trees the campaign has already delivered in the large-scale, multi-year initiative launched jointly in 2012 as a partnership between the Alabama Forestry Commission and the Arbor Day Foundation.
The specified locations for this year’s tree distributions include the following 18 communities: Argo, Birmingham, Blountsville, Clay, Fairfield, Forkland, Fultondale, Geiger, Henagar, Irondale, Midfield, Moody, Myrtlewood, Pinson, Rainsville, Sylvania, Vestavia Hills, and Woodstock.
While the cleanup and rebuilding will continue for years to come, all Americans still have the chance to support the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign and help in the healing process by making an online donation at www.arborday.org/Alabama. For every dollar in donations, the Arbor Day Foundation, in coordination with the Alabama Forestry Commission, will deliver a tree for distribution to Alabamians affected by the devastating tornados.
More information on the sites of these giveaways and the types of trees available can be found HERE.