Making a Difference
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The Trees Among UsOur community trees and forests play a critical role in keeping us healthy and making our neighborhoods better places to live and work. Forest ReLeaf of Missouri has been working hard for over 20 years, growing and planting native trees and shrubs throughout Missouri and surrounding regions. Find out more by checking out our informational videos!
Trees Make the Best NeighborsOur new infographic, The Value of Trees, shows the myriad ways urban trees help make our communities safer, healthier and more livable. Additional information can be found in our Trees Matter section.
“I like the people I work with, it’s like a little mini-family here.” “You see such a turnaround from spring to fall and you see what you do is making a difference. It’s very rewarding.”
“It basically boils down to I feel good about giving back to the community.” “I’m also pleased that I’m not only able to do something for the environment, but I’m able to learn a lot.”
“I have never ceased to be impressed with the efficiency of this organization to plant trees, with so little impact on the taxpayer.” “With just a few paid employees and a record number of trees donated to nonprofit organizations, I believe Forest ReLeaf gives the American public a good bang for their buck!” “We come back year after year because we are appreciated, useful and know the good we are doing for the community.”
“When we get the trees from Forest Releaf it’s a big deal for the kids.” “The act of planting a tree really becomes a powerful tool to awaken their spirit in terms of what’s around them … and that’s what’s most exciting.” “The amazing part is the impact stays with them. These kids come back to see their tree after they’ve graduated and they bring their own children with them to show them what they’ve done.” “Without Forest ReLeaf we wouldn’t have the forest we have. We simply can’t afford to buy trees.” “Forest ReLeaf has allowed us to create a generational building. The students return with their own children and then that next generation begins to understand and appreciate trees and the natural environment. That’s a powerful tool.”
“The kids now take care of [the trees], they see them, they know they planted them and it’s a sense of community. But it also builds some pride in what they’re doing and they have some ownership in what’s going on in their community
Larry Doyle began volunteering with Forest ReLeaf in 2008 during a time of change in his life. He had just been remarried after being widowed and had moved from his home of 25 years in Spanish Lake to his current home in St. Paul. It was during that time that his best friend Ken Olsen, with whom he had taught for over 25 years, asked Larry to start volunteering at Forest ReLeaf with him. His first introduction to Forest ReLeaf was potting redbud trees in 3 gallon pots in the near freezing drizzle. At that time there were only 8-10 volunteers and all of the pots were moved around the nursery in hand carts rather than the gators we have today. Despite the less than ideal weather, being with his friend meant that he still had a good time. The other volunteers continue to be what keeps Larry coming back. “As I thought about what to say for this bio, I realized that it has been the people of Forest ReLeaf that have kept me coming back for all these years. I’ve gotten to know something about their families, listened to worries about college choices and majors. I’ve followed the romances and weddings of the co-volunteer’s kids. The work of getting trees and shrubs big and healthy for their eventual planting is important but I wouldn’t have come back every year if the other volunteers were less than pleasant.”