JOPLIN, MO.--- More than a thousand free trees are coming to Joplin to help replace all those lost in the tornado. Ric Mayer is the community forestry recovery coordinator for the City of Joplin. He will distribute the trees to people that were in the tornado zone. The new trees include oak, pine and birch. More than 11,000 trees have been planted and donated since the tornado. Organizers say it is just another step to making Joplin look like it did before the storm.
"Oh yeah, we lost 15 to 20, 000 trees. We think we have put 20,000 in the ground. That's from folks, I think most of them are alive and well. We're looking forward to getting more trees," said Ric Mayer, Community Forestry Coordinator.
If you would like a free tree, you can fill out a form on the city's website by click here. You can also pick up a form at the parks office. They're located at 3010 west 1st Street or call them at 417-624-6937.
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