Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – Hurricane Michael has robbed millions of trees in the Panhandle, and authorities in Panama City are taking action to replace some of them.
Commissioners on Tuesday accepted grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Florida Forest Services for the city’s reforestation initiative.
They will receive $ 100,000 over the next three years.
Experts estimate that the city lost about 80 percent of the tree canopy during the storm.
Last year, they created a digital tree inventory to track what’s left and which areas need help. The remainder of the money will be used to fund tree gifts in the community for the next two years.
City officials have also planted more than 200 trees in recent months.
“They can go to the residents and plant these trees native to our area,” said Sean DePalma, director of quality of life. “What we’re doing is trying to re-tree properties across the city so that we don’t focus on one area, but expand it all over the city.”
The next tree giveaways will be next week at the St. Andrews and Downtown Farmers’ Markets on Saturday, December 11 at 9 a.m. The free trees are all native to the area.
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