Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign

What is the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign?

The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign is a joint effort between the Alabama Forestry Commission and Arbor Day Foundation to replace trees in Alabama communities lost due to the April 2011 tornadoes.

Why was it created?

The purpose is twofold; 1) to replace the trees lost due to the April 2011 tornadoes and 2) provide citizens a way to restore North Alabama’s urban forest through donations and volunteer service. Through this campaign, people across the US can give back to our state’s communities and know they had a hand in rebuilding Alabama’s urban forests.

How will the program work?

The Arbor Day Foundation has set up a donation webpage where anyone in the country can donate money. For every dollar donated the Arbor Day Foundation will give Alabama a 2-4 foot seedling. The trees will be handed out in February 2014.

Can citizens sign up to get the trees?

No. There will be no sign up process for individual citizens. The Alabama Forestry Commission is working to prioritize communities heavily affected by the tornadoes. Cities and towns that were directly in the path of or within a half-mile away are the priority.

How will the trees be distributed?

The Alabama Forestry Commission will be coordinating the distribution effort with the Arbor Day Foundation. Once we finalize the list of priority communities, we will contact them and if they express interest we will work with the community on distributing the trees to its citizens.

What type of trees will be replanted?

Five species have been chosen:

a) Crapemyrtle
b) Black willow
c) Flowering dogwood
d) American hophornbeam
e) Sycamore

How can citizens help?

We’re asking citizens to visit the Arbor Day Foundation website at and donate to the campaign. A great thing about this program is that it is 100% contribution based and allows anyone in the country to support.