In 2008, Hurricane Ike brought a storm surge of 6-15 feet through the historic city of Galveston, TX. The unwelcome storm took many things from Galveston including thousands of beloved trees but it couldn’t wash away the spirit of the people of the old city. The community was heartbroken at the loss of so many trees planted following the Great storm of 1900. Unbroken, artisans from the community, supported by the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, crafted beautiful works of art from the remaining stumps. The results are equally lovely and meaningful works of art that remind us that while disaster shapes us, it can not wash away our love of our natural wonders. To learn how you can help restore the canopy of the city, go to the Conservancy’s website.