Forest ReLeaf of Missouri and Spire will plant 900 native trees across Missouri this fall to provide environmental benefits, help residents save money and energy, and help with recovery after recent tornadoes and severe storms.

Together, the organizations are committed to growing Missouri’s tree canopy. The trees planted in Kansas City, Joplin, Carl Junction, and St. Peters parks, public street corridors, and neighborhoods will contribute to cleaning the air and water supply, supporting safe, walkable communities, and improving quality of life for residents and wildlife.

This effort takes on added significance at Carl Junction, where trees are being planted to help recover the landscape after tornadoes impacted the region in 2019.

“We know trees create green infrastructure that improves our health and happiness,” said Forest ReLeaf of Missouri’s Executive Director, Meridith Perkins. “This new partnership with Spire has fueled Forest ReLeaf’s capacity to share the essential benefits of trees to more 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% (USDA Forest Service)
  • Save 20% to 50% in heating costs, saving $100 to $250 every year (US Department of Energy)
  • Add 10% 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.

“As an energy provider, we recognize our responsibility to care for the planet, and we’re committed to finding innovative ways to do it,” said Spire Missouri President Scott Carter. “Trees have a significant impact on every aspect of our environment, including our energy sources. Through this great partnership with Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, we’re able to support healthy, safe, thriving communities for generations to come.”

To learn more, email or call 314-533-5323.