In addition to overseeing the operations and maintenance of Kansas City’s 221 public parks, Natural Resources Management (NRM) is responsible for the implementation of several specialized Citywide Services.
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
EAB has been found in Kansas City. Visit our EAB page for more information.
Kansas City Tree Fund
Shape the future of our region’s urban tree canopy by making a donation to the Heartland Tree Alliance’s Tree Fund. Every dollar donated supports tree planting events and education programs across the metropolitan region. Between now and December 2015, every dollar donated will be doubled by the Dunn Family Foundation.
Forestry & Conservation
Forestry & Conservation is a program of Parks and Recreation that oversees the management of the City’s trees in the right-of-ways located along streets and boulevards. The division’s management philosophy is to provide a holistic approach in managing the urban forest. In addition to performing the actual service, foresters can issue permits to citizens to perform pruning, removal and planting of trees themselves. There is no cost to a resident for obtaining a tree permit. Dowload a copy of the street tree planting requirements- Street Tree Planting Specs March 2015
To inquire about tree permits, tree planting and removal, call 816-513-8553. For emergency services or to report storm damage, contact the 311 Action Center.
Landscape and Florticulture Services
The purpose of Landscape and Florticulture Services is to enhance Kansas City’s parks, boulevards, parkways and public spaces by providing and maintaining landscape beds and floral displays consisting of annuals, perennials and woody plant materials. Targeted service goals include:
Kansas City Conservation Corps
Amid the growing need for a specialized group to manage native plantings and natural areas in Kansas City, the Kansas City Conservation Corps was created in September 2009. Consisting of four staff, and managed in conjunction with other Parks and Recreation Maintenance divisions, this crew’s mission is to “provide residents of Kansas City with quality outdoor experiences and implement the preservation and conservation of natural and created resources.”
The Conservation Corps accomplishes this mission by partnering with not-for-profit organizations, local governmental entities, and community groups to leverage available resources via volunteer and inter-governmental networking. Existing partnerships with KC Wildlands, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and other like groups were instrumental in initial mission formation and provide a strong support base for the program.
Specific service goals of the Conservation Corps are to coordinate City resources to leverage volunteer efforts, educate City staff and community groups in conservation practices, maintain City’s inventory of native and created natural resources, and support the City’s Green Solutions and Climate Protection initiatives.
To date, the Conservation Corps has worked with the following groups on conservation oriented projects and programs: KC Wildands, Missouri Department of Conservation, Blue River Watershed Association, GreenWorks of Kansas City, Missouri Prairie Foundation, US Army Corps of Engineers, Westport-Roanoke Neighborhood Association, Jackson County Parks and Recreation, Blue River Rescue, Missouri Master Naturalist Association, Friends of the Lakeside Nature Center, and the Kessler Society. Other projects and partnerships are being developed on an on-going basis.