Nebraska City, Neb. (April 7, 2014) – Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is the recipient of a 2014 Arbor Day Award in honor of its outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, headquartered in St. Louis, is one of 13 individuals, organizations and companies being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation during the annual Arbor Day Awards. This year's ceremony will be held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, located at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on Saturday, April 26.
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is the recipient of the Excellence in Urban Forest Leadership Award in recognition of the group's innovative leadership in advancing sustainable community forestry efforts at the local level.
Since 1993, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri has planted more than 120,000 trees in communities of highest need, including more than 4,000 trees provided to Joplin as part of the replanting efforts in the aftermath of the devastating May, 2011 tornado. Touching 40-50 communities per year, Forest ReLeaf has helped to restore the urban tree canopy and -- more importantly – helped to restore hope in communities, like Jopin, devastated by disaster and working to rebuild and recover.
Since 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the inspiring and life-changing work of leading environmental stewards and tree planters through the annual Arbor Day Awards.
Award winners from previous years include the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, the United States Forest Service, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Mary Kay, Inc.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.