CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

January 20, 2012

Bringing back the trees


The Cullman Times

— The loss of lives and property during the April 2011 tornado outbreaks makes many other issues pale in comparison. But across Cullman and other areas there was much distress about the vast amount of trees felled by the powerful storms.

Throughout Cullman, residents have long been proud of the old trees that shaded yards and portions of the commercial district, which added to the beauty of the area.

The bad news is that replacing old, majestic trees is a lengthy process. The good news is that efforts to do just that — replace trees — will be happening sooner than some people may have expected.

The Alabama Forestry Commission and the National Arbor Day Foundation have joined together through the Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign to restore trees in north Alabama communities that were damaged by the tornadoes. The City of Cullman will receive up to 3,000 2-4-foot high tree seedlings from the program.

The planned arrival of the trees is great news for Cullman. The post-tornado rebuilding effort is aimed at restoration of every facet of physical life in the community — commercial buildings, houses and trees. And that’s how it should be.

Trees are one of the notable defining features in many communities. The presence of this natural beauty enhances neighborhoods, business areas and the general livability of the community.

Bringing the pleasant beauty of trees back to the storm-ravaged areas will go a long way toward rebuilding the beauty and spirit of the community.