Missouri program to plant 250,000 trees

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 7:30 a.m. CDT; updated 10:42 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 25, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Two Missouri agencies are again working together to replace thousands of trees knocked down during highway projects.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said Monday it will buy 250,000 seedlings from a Conservation Department nursery. Conservation officials will distribute the trees to youth groups and schools for planting.

This is the sixth year of Missouri's Trees for Tomorrow program. Officials say more than 2.5 million trees of roughly 60 varieties have been provided since the program started in 2007.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith said construction of roads and bridges sometimes requires tree removals. Keith said the program allows experts to be involved in the work of replacing them.

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Michael Williams September 25, 2012 | 11:48 a.m.

The Conservation Nursery is a great one, offering bare-root seedlings for a "song". You can get 25-or-so 2-3' tall trees for 7 bucks TOTAL or less, plant them in the late fall, and watch them grow next spring. I've done over a 500 of them on my place plus another 500 that I've grown from seeds collected around the area. I encourage folks to get on the Department's webpage and find the nursery link; the variety they offer is substantial and worthy of our support.

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