Efforts are continuing in north Minneapolis to replace thousands of trees downed in a tornado in May 2011.
The St. Louis Park-based Tree Trust is planting nearly 70 trees in the area this weekend. The varieties include River Birch, Greenspire Linden, Thornless Hawthorne and Royal Raindrops Crabapple.
Kim Lawler of Tree Trust says the group has planted about 700 donated trees in north Minneapolis since last fall, and most are doing well.
"Obviously, it's been a really tough summer with the drought," Lawler said. "And so when we distributed them in the spring, we did encourage people to ensure they were getting that 1 inch of water per week on those weeks where we were not getting rain. And as we've been up in the neighborhoods, it looks like that's probably been happening. I know people were really happy to get the trees, so I think that they've been really taking good care of them thus far."
Lawler says people can still sign up for an October planting of 180 donated trees, adding that the Tree Trust will continue planting until a fund runs out.
"The fund is actually the Rob MacIntyre fund," Lawler said. "And Mr. MacIntyre was a gentleman who unfortunately lost his life while helping to clean up the devastation of the tornado. So far we've had some really nice contributions into that fund, including one from an anonymous family in the Twin Cities area who made a very large gift to that fund, which is really what's helping to make a lot of this work possible."