Volunteers plant trees in tornado-ravaged areas of Oklahoma

About 95 volunteers spent Saturday morning planting trees in areas of the Oklahoma City metro that were ravaged by tornadoes earlier this year. The volunteers were a part of the Tree Bank Foundation's Tornado Re-Leaf project.
by Silas Allen Modified: November 9, 2013 at 9:17 pm •  Published: November 10, 2013
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About 95 volunteers spent Saturday morning planting trees in areas affected by tornadoes earlier this year.

The volunteers were a part of the Tree Bank Foundation's Tornado Re-Leaf project.

The group planted 80 trees in Piedmont, El Reno and Shawnee.

Nicki Largent, the foundation's executive director, said the volunteers planted trees near Piedmont High School, around Shawnee Mall, along a walking trail at St. Gregory's University and five sites in El Reno.

The volunteers planted the trees to replace other trees that were lost in tornadoes, Largent said.

Tornadoes struck Piedmont in 2011 and El Reno and Shawnee in May.

The group will be planting trees in south Oklahoma City near the end of November, Largent said.

To volunteer, call 330-4701 or go online to thetreebank.org.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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