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Replanting trees in the aftermath of natural disasters | Across the Sky podcast

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A tornado struck Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, along Hale County Highway 14 in the Sawyerville Community in rural Hale County, Ala.. An unidentified woman looks at the damage to a home where a large tree was blown onto the roof. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

When weather events devastate a community, there is more work to do beyond rebuilding homes and businesses. There is also a need to repair damage to the ecosystem, specifically lost trees.

Grady McGahan is the director of RETREET at Keep America Beautiful, an organization that focuses on environmental rehabilitation following damage caused by severe storms by replanting lost trees.​

He graduated from Georgetown University in 2004 with a BA in English and minors in international business, history and studio art. McGahan worked on the production teams of the 2008 Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium, the Bravo series "Long Way Round," the PBS series "Texas Ranch House," and Michael Moore's documentary film "SiCKO." In April of 2010, he began an 18-month trip around-the-world that took McGahan to 25 countries on 5 continents.

About the Across the Sky podcast

The weekly weather podcast is hosted on a rotation by the Lee Weather team:

Matt Holiner of Lee Enterprises' Midwest group in Chicago, Kirsten Lang of the Tulsa World in Oklahoma, Joe Martucci of the Press of Atlantic City, N.J., and Sean Sublette of the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia.

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