So sorry to hear about that devastating ice storm!! Trees provide canopy, shade, homes for all kinds of little critters and birds (and for the fireflies in June!!) air cleansing qualities and of course beauty for all to admire, and mulch for the forest floor. Thanks for replanting the trees, after such horrendous storm damage.
My neighborhood needs to follow suit - so many trees were deliberately destroyed when a housing mania hit my area -- whole forests were torn down to make way for tacky townhouses or huge McMansions. Needless to say the air quality went on a downward spiral after that tree-carnage. I have some trees (small but beautiful) growing on my balcony that I planted from seed - and some that I got for free on Neighborhood Day (my area gives away small trees for that occasion). In the spring, the air on my balcony in the morning is wonderful -- but it's such a small taste of what used to be in the way of air cleansing qualities of the many small forests that used to thrive in my neighborhood.