Trees Forever distributes more trees in Cedar Rapids in continued derecho recovery

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 5:28 PM CDT
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - More than a year since the derecho, dozens of cars lined up in Cedar Rapids to get a free tree.

Trees Forever partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation and State Farm to provide 200 trees at Bever Park this morning. Cedar Rapids lost an estimated 690,000 trees in the August 10, 2020, derecho. Organizers hope the line of cars shows the effort people are making to replace those trees.

“The line of cars are stretching all the way through the park, and all the way through Bever Avenue, so we’re excited about this,” Jim Humphreys, an agent with State Farm, said.

State Farm committed a $1 million grant to the Arbor Day Foundation to pay for the free trees handed out today.

Trees were available while supplies lasted on a first come first serve basis.

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