TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A couple of years ago, a rough storm ripped through Terre Haute.
Now, one organization is partnering with the city to restore the foliage that was lost.
Straight line winds tore through the greater Collett Park area, almost two years ago.
It changed the landscape forever.
Trees were knocked down and ripped from the ground.
"There was a storm that blew through here, officially it was straight line winds, and took out probably well over a hundred trees in the neighborhood," said Brian Conley, vice president of Trees, Incorporated.
Now, Trees, Incorporated has partnered with Terre Haute to fill the gaping holes left behind.
"And so our purpose is to help replant some of those trees that were lost in the storm," said Conley.
Together, they received a grant from the Department of Natural Resources to replant the trees lost.
A loss of trees in a community can actually do more damage than you can see. Trees in urban areas provide a number of important benefits.
They help to clean the air, curb stormwater runoff, raise property values, and reduce energy costs, which is why these bereft homeowners are glad to see this day come.
"A lot of them are very enthusiastic to get new trees planted…The shade helps keep the earth cooler. Just the beauty of the trees really helps make the neighborhood look good. In fact, this is a historic neighborhood, which has always been heavily treed, and so it's just important for the neighborhood," said Conley.
To help make the world, and Terre Haute, a more beautiful place to live.
Almost 200 volunteers came together to plant over 100 trees in this area. Many were student volunteers from Rose-Hulman and Indiana State University.
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