Tree replanting efforts underway in tornado-impacted areas of Richardson

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Downed trees litter the Richardson Heights neighborhood the morning after the Oct. 20 tornado. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Downed trees litter the Richardson Heights neighborhood the morning after the Oct. 20 tornado. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Communities are joining together to replant trees destroyed by the Oct. 20 tornado.

The storm that tore through north Dallas and Richardson on Oct. 20 left behind a trail of destruction that stretched nearly 16 miles. In Richardson alone, roughly 43,500 cubic yards of vegetative debris was cleared, according to city staff.

As communities continue to recover, the Texas Trees Foundation has committed to replacing trees lost in the storm. An initial assessment conducted by the foundation estimates that more than 3,500 trees were severely damaged or destroyed by the tornado on public property alone.

“As much as we wish we could immediately restore these neighborhoods back to the landscape we knew and loved, we must thoughtfully and carefully plan,” Texas Trees Foundation CEO Janette Monear said.

The foundation will also offer community information sessions that will inform homeowners on how to repair or replace trees on their property, according to a Jan. 16 press release. More information on those workshops is to come.


The city of Richardson will also offer tree-planting demonstrations for residents impacted by the tornado. The events, scheduled for Feb. 29, will take place at Richland Park near the pavilion at 10 a.m. and at Cottonwood Park near the basketball court at 1 p.m. Three trees will be given away at each event, according to a Feb. 3 staff presentation to City Council.

To learn more about tree-planting following a disaster, visit this link.
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By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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