Forest ReLeaf of Missouri was actively involved with reforestation efforts in Joplin. After 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 other funders to assist the community as they replace more than 20,000 trees lost in the storm. To date we have delivered more than 8,000 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.
During the second anniversary event of the May 22, 2011 tornado, Traci Sooter, Associate Professor of Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University and Director of Design/Build programs at Drury, announced that the city of Joplin will receive a portion of a $585,000 grant for the community to create an open space in recovery and healing. Stories of courage, heroism and resilience will be part of a new educational space and healing garden at Cunningham Park, thanks to the TKF Foundation's Open Spaces Sacred Places initiative. Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is proud to be part of the Joplin Butterfly Garden and Overlook project team.