- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) - A tornado that devastated the eastern Kentucky town of West Liberty two years ago also destroyed a state tree nursery.

Gov. Steve Beshear was in Morgan County on Monday to celebrate the work to restore the state Division of Forestry’s nursery.

The governor cut a ribbon made of tree seedling bags at the event.

The restoration includes a new processing building and a cooler.

The nursery began in 1960. About 1.5 million seedlings are grown each year beginning with planting seeds. Fifty different species of hardwoods and conifers are for sale for planting. The nursery also has an American chestnut research orchard.

Beshear says the devastation from the storm two years ago seemed insurmountable. But he says with the commitment of forestry staff, the nursery is better than ever.