News Release 195

Help plant a tree in a Missouri state park and Joplin

Volume 39-195 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JUNE 13, 2011 -- You can help plant a tree in a Missouri state park and in the city of Joplin without lifting a shovel. Missouri State Parks is participating again this year in the Odwalla Plant a Tree Program that allows people across the nation to vote where they want trees planted.

Odwalla has committed $100,000 to the campaign and each vote will be equal to $1 that can be used for trees. The number of votes a state receives will determine the number of dollars it earns to purchase and plant trees in state parks. If you enter the six-character code printed inside the Missouri state park system's new Welcome Kit, Odwalla will donate an extra dollar per vote. Voting will continue through Aug. 31, 2011.

"This is the second year Missouri State Parks has participated in this program because we know how important trees are to the landscape and the people who enjoy them. This year, we are helping our neighbors in Joplin and will donate as many trees as we can to the city of Joplin and Joplin city parks," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks.

"It is one thing we all can do to help them rebuild their community. It is as simple as taking a moment to vote," Bryan said.

To vote for Missouri state parks and help the city of Joplin, go to and click on the link to vote and receive more information about the Odwalla Plant a Tree program.

For information on Missouri state parks, go to