Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is actively involved with reforestation efforts in Joplin. Since the devastating EF-5 tornado struck Joplin on May 22, 2011 we have been working collaboratively with Missouri Department of Conservation urban foresters, Joplin Parks & Recreation, and many funders to assist the community as they replace more than 10,000 trees lost in the storm. To date we have delivered more than 1,000 trees to the community since the fall of 2011.
Forest ReLeaf has also been approved to issue Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to facilitate these efforts. Check out this link for details on the special program.
We are also partners on a major proposal submitted in June 2012 to the TKF Foundation entitled, “Landscapes of Resilience: creating new narratives of hope, transformation and recovery through the power of greening.” Our partners include the US Forest Service, City of Joplin, Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture and Cornell University’s Civic Ecology Lab. Check out these links to learn more about this exciting plan to build a Butterfly Garden and Overlook in Joplin’s Cunningham Park:
Cornell Civic Ecology Lab
Joplin Globe Article
Photos from our planting efforts and other activities in Joplin can be found in our Photo Gallery.