After a natural disaster like a hurricane there is lots to rebuild due to flooding and wind damage. And there is often significant damage to the natural landscape which we're seeing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in Atlantic Canada. So one Canadian charity is stepping up to re-green Atlantic Canada after Dorian.
Tree Canada is already assessing the damage in the area and is planning to get boots on the ground in Atlantic Canada in the next couple of weeks to help make the region green once again by planting trees.
Tree Canada works to plant and grow trees, help places regrow after disasters, and more all in the name of "greening" the country. The "Operation ReLeaf" program helps communities across Canada recover from various disasters from floods to fires to pest invasions.
"It is important to replant so that people can attempt to restore normalcy in their lives after these disasters and to restore canopy cover for environmental, health and economic reasons," Mike Rosen, president of Tree Canada, told Narcity.
Tree Canada's disaster relief started in 1996 as a response to flooding in Quebec after which the organization got to work planting trees to restore green spaces in the region.
Since then Tree Canada has helped re-green after ice storms, tornadoes, pest invasions and wildfires. They even helped the Maritimes after Hurricane Juan in September 2003.
Now they have their sights set on the damage done by Dorian.
"Both residents and the communities we work with appreciate the care we take to offer them help at the appropriate time," Cristiane Doherty, communications and marketing manager for Tree Canada, told Narcity. "We understand that for most residents, taking care of their loved ones, home and belongings are priorities."
So Tree Canada takes care of the natural landscape to take the burden off residents and communities.
Because of the hurricane, many trees were uprooted, falling on houses, cars, the roads, and even downing power lines.
As clean up from the storm and tree removal gets underway, many places are left looking bare with empty spaces where large trees used to be.
Tree Canada wants to help with that.
The storm arrived in the region as a category two hurricane on Saturday but was later downgraded to a post-tropical storm after it made landfall in Halifax.
But the damage is still significant.
"Extreme weather events exaggerated by our current climate crisis have recently touched and continue to touch countless communities across our country with devastating effects. These recurring natural disasters are having negative health impacts on Canadians and are worsening with every passing season," said Doherty.
The goal of the Operation ReLeaf program is to not only restore the natural landscape and start the healing process from the outside. And soon areas impacted by Hurricane Dorian will get that from Tree Canada.