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Free trees offered for tornado-hit Mayflower, Vilonia

by Arkansas Online | March 1, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --4/22/15-- A cross carved in a tree trunk marks an area in Mayflower that was damaged by last year's tornado.

Up to 6,200 free trees will be offered this week to residents of Mayflower and Vilonia to help replace those damaged or destroyed by a 2014 tornado.

The Arkansas ReLeaf Project and Arkansas Community Tree Recovery Campaign said the trees — which include oaks, blackgums, cherrybarks and dogwoods — will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2 Ashmore Street in Mayflower and 7 Bise Street in Vilonia.

The project works "to replace tree canopy lost due to natural disasters," organizers said in a statement.

Mayflower and Vilonia were among the hardest-hit areas when an EF4 tornado touched down on A̶p̶r̶i̶l̶ ̶1̶7̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶1̶4̶ April 27, 2014, destroying numerous homes and killing 16 people.

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