The tornado that cut a mile-wide swath of
devastation through central Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, did more than
destroy lives, homes and businesses. It also had a $10 million
long-term economic impact from the trees lost.
The Greater Oklahoma City Tree Bank immediately launched
Tornado Re-leaf, a replanting program for the Oklahoma City and three
other communities in the metro area. The financial assistance offered
to each community from the U.S. Forest Service was pooled and a firm
was hired to develop detailed information on the tree canopy loss.
As a result of what our judges called brilliant
planning and cooperation, groundbreaking technology has been developed
to assess damage. Massive plantings already have taken place, Oklahoma
City has achieved Tree City USA status and other affected communities
have taken permanent steps for the first time to nurture their urban
For its rapid coalition-building, multi-phased response to an environmental disaster, THE
GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY TREE BANK IS NOT ONLY GOOD NEWS FOR THE
REFORESTING OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA, IT ALSO IS A MODEL TO EMULATE FOR
DISASTER RESPONSE TEAMS ACROSS THE NATION!
Posted on 05/01/2002
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under