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25,000 trees given to communities devastated by 2012 tornadoes

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LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been more than two years since one of the worst tornado outbreaks in Kentucky history uprooted hundreds of thousands of trees.

Now a group is working to replant trees, along with hope, into the lives of tornado victims.

On March 2, 2012, 19 tornadoes ripped through Kentucky, killing 22 people and devastating communities.

To help the landscape recover, the Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Arbor Day Foundation created the Kentucky Community Tree Recovery Campaign.

They are distributing 25,000 trees to people living in Campbell, Menifee, Wolfe, Laurel and Johnson County.

Not only are homeowners choosing the seedlings they want, they are also getting planting and care materials.

Fire departments, extension offices and city halls are distributing the trees and companies like Lexmark and FedEx are paying for them.

Ultimately they hope the seedlings will grow to be much more than trees.

"Planting a tree is an expression of hope. So any time you're planting a tree you're hoping it's going to grow, it's going to leaf out it's going to provide all the benefits that trees provide," said Leah Macswords, the director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Five more counties will get 25,000 more trees next year.


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