The City of Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department and Gardeners Connect invite residents to lend a green thumb and join its Arbor Day tree planting on Saturday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Loose Park. Arbor Day is a nationally-celebrated observance that promotes tree planting and tree care.
Kansas City, Mo., also is a proud recipient of many recent tree-related awards and recognitions.
For example, this month Kansas City was named a Tree City USA for the 26th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Missouri Department of Conservation. To be named a Tree City, municipalities must have a viable tree-management plan and program and meet several criteria set by the foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation also awarded Kansas City with its annual Growth Award, which recognizes higher levels of tree care by Tree City USA communities. They pointed to the City’s recent emerald ash borer abatement success as reason for this award.
In the last three years, the City has received multiple Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants from the Missouri Department of Conservation. These grants funded the removal and replacement of 120 ash trees affected by emerald ash borer along Benton Avenue and The Paseo.
Finally, as the City reported last week, the Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Community Forestry Council presented Parks and Recreation’s Forestry Division with the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence, citing the division’s innovative program designed to mitigate emerald ash borer damage.
This prestigious, annual award recognizes projects that demonstrate a sustained overall effort to care for trees and people who act as good stewards for trees in communities. Kansas City was the only municipality in Missouri to receive this honor.