Kansas City to be honored as TreeCity USA, free trees, tree planting ceremony and family activities
What: Bayer Advanced, in partnership with KC Parks and Recreation, will host a Healthy Trees for Life Arbor Day celebration event to give away trees and educate area residents on the importance of keeping trees healthy, and the threat posed by invasive pests such as emerald ash borer. We will also have fun activities such as kids’ scavenger hunt and free giveaways!
The Arbor Day Foundation will also be in attendance, including Foundation president Dan Lambe. They will honor Kansas City as a TreeCity USA, signifying the city’s commitment to caring for and managing its public trees.
When: Saturday, April 18, 12:30 – 4:30 pm (tree planting ceremony at 2:30 PM)
Where: Loose Park, Corner of 55th St. and Summit St., Kansas City, MO 64112
Mark Randolph, area sales manager for Bayer Advanced
Douglas A. Spilker, Ph.D., ornamental plant pathologist and entomologist
Dan Lambe, president, Arbor Day Foundation
Maggie Stuckey, Senior Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Arbor Day Foundation
Mark L. McHenry, director, KC Parks
Background: Since its discovery in Michigan in 2002, the emerald ash borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees. The infestation has spread to 22 states and continues to grow. Healthy trees can be saved – preventative action can be taken to stop the borer before it does damage.