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Time to Regrow: Nature center affected by derecho starts online tree sale

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Indian Creek Nature Center

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - The Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids owns 500 acres of land, and the derecho brought extensive damage exceeding $1 million.

Today the nature center started an online tree sale, offering 20 varieties of trees. Seed Savers Exchange donated 5 types of apple trees.

Their recovery will not be a short process, but they are looking into opportunities to rebuild and reroute their trails.

"We want to be very specific in where and what we replant, and that'll be the same, for the Nature Center, the same way it is for every homeowner," executive director John Myers said. "We hope that homeowners take the opportunity to think very strategically about how you diversify your yard. Don't just run out and grab any tree that you see. Be very thoughtful about the tree that you put into your yard and take the time to learn how to do it right."

Myers says trees that survived the storm will be stronger and healthier due to sunlight and not competing with other trees. The trees that did not make it will provide nutrients to the ground.

You can buy a tree for your yard on their website. Sales go through September 28 and pickup will be available October 15 and 16.

All proceeds will go to their recovery efforts.

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