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April 27, 2007 12:00 AM
Agencies Team Up With Kids To Plant Millions Of Trees
"Trees For Tomorrow" Program Launched

JEFFERSON CITY - About 2.5 million trees will be provided to youth groups in Missouri over the next five years through the Trees For Tomorrow program announced today - National Arbor Day - by the Missouri departments of Transportation and Conservation.

Under the program, MoDOT will purchase half a million trees a year, and the Department of Conservation will distribute them to youth groups throughout the state.

"We're very excited about this partnership," said MoDOT Director Pete Rahn.  "Our job of building roads and bridges requires us to remove trees sometimes, and it's our goal to replace those trees with new ones each year.  Trees For Tomorrow is the perfect way to increase the tree population in our state, and by providing them to youth groups, I know we're putting trees in good hands that will help them thrive."

More than 60 varieties of tree seedlings will go to youth groups throughout the state, including Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, FFA and 4-H groups.  MoDOT will also fund MDC's long-standing annual program that provides a tree seedling to every fourth grader in the state.  Trees will also be provided in conservation areas to improve wildlife habitats, and will be available at Arbor Day and Earth Day events.

"Trees For Tomorrow is a great way to get kids involved in protecting our natural resources," said MDC Director John Hoskins.  "We're proud to work with MoDOT and kids all over Missouri to get trees planted, improve our environment and enhance the natural beauty of our state."

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