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AmerenUE's Support to Forest ReLeaf of Missouri Provides 6,026 Trees for 54 Community Planting Projects

ST. LOUIS, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In 2006, AmerenUE provided a record total of 6,026 free trees for 54 community planting projects. The trees were made available through a $25,000 AmerenUE "Environmental Connections" grant to Forest ReLeaf of Missouri to help sponsor Project CommuniTree -- a nursery operation that grows trees for planting on public property and on land owned by nonprofit organizations.

"AmerenUE has been a major sponsor of Project CommuniTree since 2002, and we are pleased that it has benefited so many communities," says Richard Mark, AmerenUE senior vice president, Energy Delivery.

Originally located in Berkeley, Mo., the nursery moved to a new site in Creve Coeur Park in late 2006. Mark says that in 2007, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri will be working with AmerenUE to develop a special tree garden around the perimeter of the new site to educate tree recipients and the public on how to plant "the right tree in the right place" to prevent trees from interfering with power lines as they grow.

"Most power outages are caused by trees or tree limbs blowing into power lines when a severe storm occurs," Mark says. "With a little careful planning when you select a tree and choose where to plant it, you can help prevent that tree from causing a problem with your electric service in the future."

AmerenUE provides tree planting tips and other vegetation management information on the Ameren Web site. Go to http://www.ameren.com/ and click on "Environment." Or call AmerenUE at 1-800-552-7583.

Non-profit organizations, community groups and municipalities may apply for free trees from Forest ReLeaf on a first-come, first-served basis. In St. Louis, call 314-533-LEAF. Elsewhere, call toll-free 888-4-RELEAF. Or visit the Forest ReLeaf Web site: http://www.moreleaf.org/ .

AmerenUE is a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. The Ameren companies serve 2.4 million electric customers and nearly one million natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area of Missouri and Illinois.

                        Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
                      Project CommuniTree Recipients

  Fall 2006

                            Funded by AmerenUE

  Bellerive Subdivision; St. Louis, MO                           10
  Replanting following honeysuckle removal

  Beth Haven Retirement Community; Hannibal, MO                  15
  Planting for erosion control and shade

  Bonebrake Center of Nature and History; Salem, MO              18
  Educational and beautification planting

  City of Boonville, MO                                          34
  Replacement planting for hazard trees that were removed

  City of Carl Junction, MO                                      20
  Replacement of trees damaged by 2003 tornado

  City of Caruthersville, MO                                     40
  Replacement of trees lost in tornado

  Caseyville Gardeners; Caseyville, IL                           46
  Beautification planting for city hall, library and school

  City of Cassville, MO                                          60
  Planting to enhance wildlife benefits and increase shade

  Chaminade College Preparatory School; St. Louis, MO            20
  Shade tree planting on campus

  City of Chester, IL                                            45
  City beautification and tree replacement

  Chesterfield Elementary School; Chesterfield, MO                8
  Shade tree planting at school

  Clay County Regional Airport; Kearney, MO                     768
  Large-scale reforestation planting following new construction

  Cold Water Elementary School; Florissant, MO                   15
  Schoolyard replacement trees

  Coulterville Unit School District 1; Coulterville, IL          16
  Educational planting in schoolyard

  Countryside Hill Subdivision; St. Louis, MO                    25
  Forest restoration following honeysuckle removal

  Crescent Valley Subdivision; Valley Park, MO                   28
  Reestablish riparian corridor

  City of Fenton, MO                                             80
  Park beautification

  Forest Park Forever; St. Louis, MO                            257
  Reforestation planting

  Fort Zumwalt West High School; O'Fallon, MO                    69
  Outdoor classroom planting

  City of Fulton, MO                                             52
  Shade tree planting for municipal golf course

  Geggie Elementary School; Eureka, MO                           12
  Outdoor classroom planting

  General Federation of Women's Club; Plattsburg, MO             23
  Tree planting at historical cemetery

  City of Hayti, MO                                              81
  Park shade and beautification planting

  City of Hazelwood, MO                                          95
  Replacement of trees lost during sewer project

  City of Independence, MO                                      202
  Reforestation of walking trail

  City of LaGrange, MO                                           36
  Wildlife habitat and erosion control

  City of Lenexa, KS                                            281
  Park beautification and shade

  Lions Club of Ferguson; Ferguson, MO                            5
  Replacement of memorial trees

  City of Marshfield, MO                                        535
  Citywide beautification, shade and wildlife plantings

  Mason Valley Woods Estates; Town and Country, MO               40
  Erosion control and replacement following honeysuckle removal

  City of Monroe City, MO                                        36
  Planting to buffer residential area from industrial park

  Ostmann Elementary School; O'Fallon, MO                        30
  School beautification planting

  City of Parkville, MO                                           6
  Shade tree and beautification along new trail

  City Perryville, MO                                            52
  Replacement of older and removed trees

  Platte County Parks and Recreation                             25
  Shade tree planting for bike trail

  Pond Athletic Association; Wildwood, MO                        44
  Replacement of older trees

  City of Potosi, MO                                            603
  Beautification and replacement of storm damaged trees

  Roaring River State Park; Cassville, MO                       158
  Tree planting in campground and picnic areas

  St. Ann of Normandy Catholic Church; Normandy, MO               2
  Boundary planting around cemetery

  St. Charles County Parks and Recreation                     1,045
  Plantings for riparian buffers, education and reforestation

  St. Clair County Greenspace Foundation; Belleville, IL         12
  Reforestation planting

  City of St. Clair, MO                                          70
  Shade and park tree planting

  St. Joseph Parish; St. Charles, MO                            143
  Landscaping and shade tree planting

  Shackelford Commons Subdivision; Florissant, MO                15
  Planting to screen ball fields from residential area

  Stone Ridge Estates; St. Peters, MO                            19
  Shade, beautification and rainwater control planting

  Sunrise United Methodist Church; O'Fallon, MO                  19
  Erosion control and shade tree planting

  City of Sunset Hills, MO                                      230
  Park reforestation

  City of University City, MO                                    40
  Park tree plantings

  Villas at Highgrove; O'Fallon, MO                              80
  Wildlife and beautification planting

  City of Washington, MO                                         32
  Park tree planting

  Waynesville R-VI School District; Waynesville, MO              60
  Native tree planting for education

  City of Webb City, MO                                          84
  Park trees for shade and wildlife

  Winterset Park Community Association; Lee's Summit, MO        270
  Reforestation and windbreaks along walking trails

  Wyman Inc. Conservation Club; Eureka, MO                       15
  Educational planting for youth

  Total                                                       6,026


CONTACT: Mike Cleary of AmerenUE, +1-573-681-7137, mcleary@ameren.com ,
or Nancy von Brecht of Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, +1-314-533-5323,

Web site: http://www.ameren.com/