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Trees destroyed by 2011 Va. tornado to be replaced

Wednesday - 3/14/2012, 10:32am  ET

GLADE SPRING, Va. - Washington County lost thousands of trees when a powerful tornado struck in the spring of 2011. Now, an effort is under way to replace them.

Beginning March 30, 1,400 seedlings donated by the Washington County Extension Office and the Virginia Department of Forestry will be planted along streams and rights of way where large areas of devastation occurred.

The Roots of Recovery Project also will provide 800 mature trees to individuals and families for planting at their homes. Residents can receive up to two trees. Tree plantings will begin April 27.

The Bristol Herald-Courier ( http://bit.ly/wWGbAe) reports that the project is a joint effort by the United Way of Russell and Washington Counties and the Washington County Long-Term Recovery Group. The two groups will provide the mature trees to residents.

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Information from: Bristol Herald Courier, http://www.bristolnews.com


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