The Community Tree Recovery program was created in 2005 out of the great need for trees in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. After humanitarian aid was delivered and insurance claims were filed, the affected communities were still missing their tree canopies. The Arbor Day Foundation stepped in to help, working with key partners on the ground to get trees in the hands of affected homeowners once they were ready to plant them.
From there, the program has quickly grown to provide assistance across the country and internationally. Residents who have lost trees in major disasters caused by wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and insects can receive free trees to plant in their yards — re-establishing neighborhood trees as well as a sense of community.
To ensure the success of each recovery project, we work closely with local partners on the ground to help organize events and to make sure we’re delivering the right trees at a time when each community is ready to replant.
More than 5 million trees have been distributed through the program to date.