GUEST COMMENTARY: Utility practices threaten Missouri's trees

Sunday, October 28, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

We always loved trees, but we only recently learned how important they are. Trees preserve the planet and us by providing oxygen, absorbing greenhouse gases and pollutants, purifying water, helping make rain and protecting the earth from harmful temperature changes. A future without the benefits of trees would be dire. Yet electric cooperatives in Missouri have been clearing massive numbers of trees in far greater swaths than ever before.