Hurricane Tree Recovery Campaign Aims to Plant 5 Million Trees in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico

Posted by on December 23, 2017 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments

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By Lorraine Chow | EcoWatch

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria didn’t just destroy buildings and dump several feet of water into several American communities—the powerful winds also snapped and downed innumerable trees, altering treasured landscapes.

That’s why the Arbor Day Foundation launched its Hurricane Tree Recovery Campaign in an effort to help tree restoration efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico following this year’s string of devastating hurricanes. The program, which debuted in October, aims to plant a total of five million trees over the next five years as a way to contribute to the rebuilding efforts in the affected communities.


“It may take years for these canopies to be restored, but now is the time to begin,” Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation President, said in a UN Climate Programme report. “While it could be months until final disaster numbers are reported, what we do know is that these events and our need to act are dire.”

The three major hurricanes left a combined damage of more than $200 billion. And while insurance covers some of the costs to rebuild damaged infrastructure, they do not compensate for lost trees and landscapes in the communities, the Arbor Day Foundation noted.

South Carolina Army National Guard Responds to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico October 2017.Flickr

The benefits of trees are incalculable, from providing oxygen and cooling our city streets with shade, to helping us relax and connect with nature.

“Trees and forests not only play an essential role in creating healthy, thriving communities where our citizens live, work and play but are also critical to the economic engine of Harvey-impacted areas and essential to our recovery efforts,” Tom Boggus, Texas state forester, said in the UN report.


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