MCC Maple Woods Nursery Project
When Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Kansas City lost many of their trees to the emerald ash borer, Matthew Knopf-Amelung, the senior groundskeeper at MCC, knew the campus needed new trees. Rather than acquiring mature trees that would be costly, Matthew decided to create an on campus nursery. With Forest ReLeaf’s young trees, and stewardship from Matthew and his students, the Maple Woods Nursery was created. Matthew found this to be a rewarding creation not only because of the restoration it will provide to the campus, but also because of the wisdom the nursery will share for MCC students and staff.
Coahoma Orchards Project
Coahoma Orchards is the name of Dail Chambers’ dream come true. It is a collection of native fruit-bearing trees that she acquired from Forest ReLeaf, and with the help of community volunteers, were planted in the Jeff Vander Lou area of North St. Louis City. Dail has always had a natural affinity for plants, so when her concerns about air quality rose, so did her passion for planting trees. In hopes of improving asthma rates and living conditions in Jeff Vander Lou, Dail planted the beginnings of her orchard. Roughly 26 new paw paws, persimmons, wild plums and chokeberry now reside, providing benefits that will grow with time.