Forest ReLeaf of Missouri and Spire will plant 1,000 native trees throughout Missouri this October to provide environmental benefits, help residents save money and energy, and assist with recovery after recent tornadoes and severe storms.
Together, Forest ReLeaf, Spire, Heartland Tree Alliance, and the Missouri Department of Conservation are committed to growing Missouri’s tree canopy. These 1,000 trees will be planted in parks, public street corridors, and neighborhoods to contribute to cleaning the air and water supply, supporting safe, walkable communities, and improving quality of life for residents and wildlife.
“We know trees create green infrastructure that improves our health and happiness,” said Forest ReLeaf of Missouri’s Executive Director, Meridith Perkins. “Spire’s continued partnership has grown Forest ReLeaf’s capacity to share the essential benefits of trees to more people and communities across the state.”
Trees help save energy year-round. Trees planted near homes and businesses can:
Reduce the usage of air conditioning by 30 percent (USDA Forest Service)
Save 20 to 50 percent in heating costs, saving $100 to $250 every year (US Department of Energy)
Add 10 percent to a home’s value (USDA Forest Service)
Before planting, take a few steps to ensure the tree’s long-term health, resiliency, and survivability. Call Missouri OneCall System (811) to check the location of underground utilities at least three working days before you plan to plant. This will keep you safe while you’re digging and allow your trees to thrive.
“From providing homes to wildlife to improving our air quality, the impact trees have on our daily lives is significant.” said President of Spire Missouri Scott Carter. “By planting them we can show our commitment to sustainability right here in our own backyard. As an energy provider, It’s important to us to preserve our environment for future generations. This partnership with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri allows us to do just that.”