Charity to replant Lincoln Parish trees lost to April 2019 tornado

Source: KTBS

RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - A public charity is working to replace trees lost during the April 2019 tornado in Lincoln Parish.

On February 8, 2020, RETREET will lead a coalition of local, regional, and national partners in planting up to 170 caliper trees, free of charge, at the homes of families in Lincoln affected by the April 2019 tornado.

RETREET, a group that helps communities restore decimated urban forests, says families affected don’t have the resources or means to replace their lost trees.

“It’s been a long journey back. RETREET’s volunteers and trees helped my community fill voids left by the devastation and bring smiles as we watch them grow – a symbol that life is returning and this will be a great place to live again,” said Rebecca Kasbaum, an Oklahoma woman who RETREET helped after a tornado hit her town in 2013.

Following the planting, RETREET will host a free community event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Ruston Civic Center located at 401 N Trenton Street.

To sign up for help or to volunteer to plant trees, go to retreet.org/ruston.