City Receives "Exceptional ReLeaf Award"!
 
 -
Posted on Thursday March 05, 2015
 
On Thursday, March 5, 2015 the City of Weldon Spring was recognized by Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for its exceptional efforts towards reforesting the community after the devastating effects of a tornado. The ceremony took place at the Missouri Community Forestry Council’s annual conference in St. Charles, MO.
 

City of Weldon Spring Receives “Exceptional ReLeaf Award”

On Thursday, March 5, 2015 the City of Weldon Spring was recognized by Forest ReLeaf of Missouri for its exceptional efforts towards reforesting the community after the devastating effects of a tornado.  The ceremony took place at the Missouri Community Forestry Council’s annual conference in St. Charles, MO.  On hand were Mayor Donald Licklider and City Administrator Michael Padella to accept the award on behalf of the City.  Mayor Licklider said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to accept this award but the true recognition deserves to go to the residents and businesses who helped and especially everyone involved with Forest ReLeaf because without them none of this would have been possible!”

The St. Louis area was met with three devastating tornadoes on May 31st 2013.  Over 200 homes were significantly damaged with more than 100 of them being uninhabitable.  One tornado, and EF-3, tore through Weldon Spring.  Along the 22 mile long path of destruction 150+ mile per hour winds destroyed thousands of trees in mostly residential areas of the city.  In the years since Weldon Spring has been coordinating the re-planting needs of its citizens and relying on Forest ReLeaf to provide more than 1,300 FREE trees and counting to help re-forest the community.  

The City administrator, Michael Padella, has been working with volunteer residents early on to oversee this program and get trees back in the ground.  It was Whitmoor resident Mickie Ball that initially had the idea for the program and requested the City to get involved and coordinate with Forest ReLeaf.  Beseda Flooring was also instrumental in helping facilitate the program by donating the use of their box truck in order to protect the trees while in transit to the City Park.  Donna Coble, Executive Director of Forest ReLeaf, said, “For the efforts of the city and all those involved, Weldon Spring is awarded the Exceptional ReLeaf Award for 2014.”

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is an independent nonprofit organization. Founded in 1993, Forest ReLeaf serves as a catalyst for restoring and sustaining our urban forests. With the help of thousands of volunteers, we are planting trees and enriching communities.

 

 
City of Weldon Spring | 5401 Independence Road  |   Weldon Spring, MO 63304
Phone: (636) 441-2110  |  Fax: (636) 441-8495
Contact Us  |  Site Map  |  Powered by MunicipalCMS
E-notify RSS Feeds Twitter Facebook 
 
0