LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- It's been almost two years since Vilonia was hit by a deadly tornado.
Four people were killed during the April 25th storm that hit in the middle of the night. Dozens of homes and businesses were either damaged or destroyed.
It was an EF-2 twister with winds topping 135 miles per hour.
Today the rebuilding continues through organizations like the Arkansas ReLeaf Project. Sara Wruck, with Urban Forestry Council stops by "THV 11 News This Morning" with more.
AUFC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ecological preservation of urban and community trees. The origin of the council goes back to the 1990 Farm Bill, which substantially increased funding for state urban forestry initiatives. To manage these funds effectively, the Arkansas Forestry Commission created an advisory committee on urban forestry issues.
In 1993, the committee took the name "Arkansas Urban and Community Forestry Council" and established an independent board of directors. In 1996, the IRS granted AUCFC 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Recently, AUCFC became the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council. The council's mission is to educate and promote responsible urban forest policies and management principles to Arkansas' communities. AUFC works at local, regional and state levels with residents and public officials alike on important natural resource and tree care issues.
The organization exists to provide assistance to Arkansas residents on matters related to the conservation and improvement of the state's urban and community forests.