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Foundation donates free trees to tornado affected regions

Published 10:49am Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Alabama Forestry Commission will be offering free trees to Tallapoosa County citizens in celebration of Arbor Day.

“It’s been going on for several years, but this year is kind of special because we were selected to receive trees from the tree recovery foundation,” said David Kelly, a Tallapoosa County forester with the Alabama Forestry Commission. “People have actually donated money to help supply more trees to be given out. Tallapoosa County was selected this year to get extra trees from the Arbor Day Foundation.”

Kelly said Tallapoosa County was selected to receive additional trees because of the devastation done by recent tornados.

“It’s really important to get trees from the Arbor Day Foundation to actually give to people who suffered loss from tornados,” Kelly said. “I’ve had landowners call me and ask for additional trees because all of the trees on their property were devastated by the tornado.”

Rep. Mark Tuggle and volunteers from Alabama Power will assist the Alabama Forestry Commission in holding a seedling giveaway from 8-10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the Forestry Commission office in Dadeville.

Kelly said the giveaway will include a mix of trees from landscape varieties to those that promote specific wildlife.

“We have a lot of different diversity of species that people can choose from,” Kelly said. “We will have trees that can be used in the yard for shade trees and trees that can be planted in forests.”

Kelly said seedling varieties will include dogwoods, crepe myrtles, red maples, black gum and Japanese maples.

“Last year we didn’t have that many,” Kelly said. “This year we should have plenty. If someone is wanting to repair lost trees or establish trees back on their property, it’s a good time to come get some.”