Trees and forests play a critical role in removing CO2 and releasing oxygen from the environment. Forest ReLeaf has been working hard, planting and growing native trees and shrubs through Missouri and surrounding regions.
Forest ReLeaf Missouri
Links mentioned in the presentation
- Climate map https://climatemap.org
- Climate Central, Researching and reporting the science and impacts of climate change https://www.climatecentral.org
- One tree per person per year https://onetree.org
- i-Tree, Explore how trees improve the environment in communities big and small, urban and rural… even in your own backyard! https://www.itreetools.org
- 1T.org, A platform for the trillion tree community https://www.1t.org
- Trees Vs. Climate for an easy breakdown on It’s OK to be Smart: https://youtu.be/PX1Rc0xlUpk
- Grow Native! is the native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. https://grownative.org
ACTIONS – Reforestation
- Plant a native tree in your yard; private land makes up 80%+ of our city so individual action is critical to impact canopy increase.
- Volunteer and/or donate to Forest ReLeaf to ensure trees are available to everyone regardless of income, zip code, or privilege.
- Join, or support, your local citizen advisory group (ex. Tree Board, Park Commission, Planning Commission, etc.) to advise and champion municipal forestry programs; these programs need citizen buy-in to prove they are a priority and justify budget allocations.
- Maintain and protect mature trees in the landscape. Thriving mature canopy trees offer the biggest benefits for climate resilience. Understand tree ordinance language in your communities and advocate for stronger preservation regulations.
These materials have been prepared by the Society’s CAN! (Climate Action Now!) team. This post and its links do not express or imply an endorsement by the Ethical Society of St. Louis or its leadership.