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Progress of trees in Albany one year after January storms

Progress of trees in Albany one year after January storms./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomonib 

Monday marks the one-year anniversary of the first storm of January 2016.

Many trees were destroyed during the storms, and Albany is still working to replace them.

More than 10,000 trees were destroyed in town. Radium Springs and Tift Park are two of the main areas that lost thousands of trees.

Last November, Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful worked and planted 147 trees in Radium Springs.

Their current focus is on Tift Park. There are hundreds of markers around the park for them to plant more than 200 new trees and nearly 750 shrubs in February.

Experts say replanting the trees won’t make the town look like it did before, but having the community come together to make this happen is special within itself.

"We're planting for future generations,” Executive Director Judy Bowles said. “The beauty of bringing your family out and having your children come out to plant is that in 5, 10 or 15 years, they’ll be able to tell their children or their family that 'I helped plant that tree'."

After this part of the project is complete, Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful plans on going to neighborhoods and replanting trees in yards.

If you would like to donate your time or give money to replant trees visit www.growalbany.com.

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