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, firstname.lastname@example.org ,
or Nancy von Brecht of Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, +1-314-533-5323,