Over 500 trees were donated to the residents of Joplin Monday morning from people across the nation in an effort to replace the thousands of trees lost in the May 2011 tornado. Students from George Washington University were on hand planting the trees in their temporary Schifferdecker Park location. Community Forestry Recovery Coordinator with the Missouri Department of Conservation, Ric Mayer tells News Talk KZRG the trees have been donated for the past two years and they'll probably do it again next year.
"What we've been told from people who are donating is that they will keep giving trees as long as Joplin is in need. We lost 15,000-20,000 trees. We've put about 12,000 into the ground, so we're going to continue to plant this place."
The trees are available now. If you were affected by the May 2011 tornado and would like to receive a tree, apply online at joplinmo.org, or pick up an application at Wild Cat Glades, the Joplin Parks and Rec Office, or Duquesne City Hall.