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*This is part 8 of 9 from The Urban Difference: Report 2018

Trees Add Value to Disaster-hit Communities

Replanting trees after natural or manmade disasters helps a city and its residents to revitalize landscapes and to instill a sense of hope in a community.

Trees are one of the greatest gifts of nature. They provide humans and animals with shelter, food, and oxygen. They keep homes cool in warm weather and help to reduce consumer energy bills. Trees also enhance landscapes, improve air quality, manage water runoff during rainstorms, and increase home property values.

In March 2018, the city of Jacksonville, Alabama was hit by an EF3 tornado with hail and winds of 140 miles per hour. The storm did extensive damage to homes, roadways, the Jacksonville State University campus, and it uprooted scores of trees. The ReTree Jacksonville Committee and more than 100 volunteers came to the town’s rescue by distributing approximately 2,500 trees and shrubs worth $50,000 to 723 area residences.

In addition, Alabama Extension’s Urban Green program that revitalizes and enhances urban landscapes, provided educational resources to Jacksonville residents on proper planting and tree selection that included many small native trees. Urban Green was successful in reaching 10,116 individuals across the state last year, including the disaster-hit community of Jacksonville.

extension volunteer gets cuttings ready for planting

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Part 1 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, From the Administrators
Part 2 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Urban 4-H Youth Development & Volunteerism
Part 3 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Animal Science & Forages
Part 4 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Consumer Sciences & Personal Financial Management
Part 5 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Economic and Community Development
Part 6 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Family & Child Development
Part 7 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Forestry, Wildlife, & Natural Resources
Part 8 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests
Part 9 – The Urban Difference: Report 2018, Human Nutrition, Diet & Health

Download the complete pdf file publication: UPN-2155 The Urban Difference: Report 2018

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