LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. --Sixteen months after an EF-5 tornado wiped away 25% of Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses, the area has been cleared and new buildings are appearing. But the absence of trees and bushes is shocking. A broad swath of Joplin is missing the shade, beauty and habitat that trees formerly provided.
A project to replant one area, Campbell Parkway, is underway, thanks to a volunteer group that decided to raise funds and plant flowering trees in the public parkway. The Lee’s Summit Beautification Commission/Tree Board will invite donors from throughout the metro area to join them in Joplin on October 6 to plant the trees.
The number of trees will depend on the amount of donations; each tree will cost $69, but any contribution is welcome. Trees can be given in memory of individuals.
Donations can be made at www.treesforjoplinls.com. via PayPal or credit card or by sending checks to “Trees for Joplin—LS”, c/o Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, 320 E. 4th Street, Joplin, MO 64801.