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Cedar Rapids council to adopt $37M ReLeaf plan to recover from derecho tree loss


Cedar Rapids Gazette: Looking to craft the premier U.S. urban forestry model that will guide Cedar Rapids’ recovery from devastating tree loss, the city and nonprofit Trees Forever have unveiled their ambitious 10-year plan to replenish trees downed by the 2020 derecho’s ferocious winds. The $37 million ReLeaf plan, which the Cedar Rapids City Council is slated to adopt today, envisions trees as a tool to remedy social inequities, advance climate adaptation goals, enhance city design and strengthen community bonds through immediate replanting efforts and long-term policy changes that would result in a tree canopy more vibrant than the pre-derecho days.

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