February 7, 2014

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign Announces Tree Distribution in 18 Communities

The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign kicks off its third year on February 8 with the distribution of thousands of trees to residents in northern Alabama. Over the next couple weeks, this final phase of the campaign will bring 18 north Alabama communities a total of 25,000 trees, 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. Residents of these communities should contact their local mayor’s office or city clerk for specific dates, times, and locations for their give-aways.

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 http://www2.arborday.org/takeaction/community-tree-recovery/campaigns/alabama.cfm. 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.

The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign has attracted tremendous support from individuals, private foundations, and corporate sponsors across the nation including FedEx, Apache, Protective Life Insurance, and NASCAR this year. Corporate sponsorships from previous years include the Davey Tree Expert Company, the Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Australia-based Cotton On Foundation, and the Alabama Power Foundation.

"Providing trees to assist in facilitating restoration efforts is a way the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign can help with the healing process," said Dan Jackson, Alabama's Acting State Forester. "Homes and neighborhoods can be restored by planting beautiful trees, along with the many environmental, economic, and social benefits those trees provide."

The Arbor Day Foundation's Community Tree Recovery Program has become a growing resource for tree recovery efforts following natural disasters. Thus far the program has delivered more than 120,000 trees to Gulf Coast families impacted by Hurricane Katrina; distributed 18,000 trees to residents affected by the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, and 1.5 million trees to Bastrop, Texas, following the Bastrop County Complex Fire. The Foundation has also planted more than 30 million trees in our nation's forests devastated by disease and fire.

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.
About the Alabama Forestry Commission

The mission of the Alabama Forestry Commission is to protect and sustain Alabama's forest resources using professionally applied stewardship principals and education, ensuring that the state's forests contribute to abundant timber and wildlife, clean air and water, and a healthy economy. For more information, visit www.forestry.alabama.gov.

For more information, contact:

    Cliff Hawkins, Alabama Forestry Commission
(334) 240-9306, Clifford.Hawkins@forestry.alabama.gov


Anthony Marek, Arbor Day Foundation

(402) 473-9563, amarek@arborday.org


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