The Missouri River Forest Recovery Project

The  Missouri River Forest Recovery Project is a reforestation effort focused on the last 100 miles of the Missouri river.  Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, Katy Trail State Park and Magnificent Missouri, with grant funding from the Trulaske Foundation, are working together to  plant 200 trees along the Katy Trail and give away an additional 120 trees for planting on private property. This project will help re-establish tree canopy with native Missouri tree species, to benefit the Missouri river watershed, its human and non-human inhabitants, and improve visitor experience along the Katy Trail. The participants hope this project will also serve as a model for community-led conservation efforts and encourage public participation.

Work began in March 2021 with a planting at the Dutzow trailhead and will continue through fall 2022. Local landowners and businesses will receive trees to plant on their own property – look for signs along the trail! If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact 

Project Timeline

Spring 2021 – Planting at Dutzow Trailhead – 50 trees – completed  
30 trees distributed to local landowners – completed

Fall 2021 – Planting at Mathasville Trailhead

Spring 2022 – Planting at McKittrick Trailhead

Fall 2022 – Location TBD (Nona, Augusta)

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri