KC Parks Received TRIM Grant

The Forestry Division of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation received a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). TRIM grants assist Missouri communities with the management, improvement and/or conservation of their trees and forests, as well as professional training and education.

Kansas City was awarded a $3,763 grant for two Foresters to attend the Society of Municipal Arborist’s, Municipal Forestry Institute.  This week long institute is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program. Attendees learn and master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in professional growth and development.

The Institute curriculum was developed by a team of urban forestry professionals and educators with dozens of years’ experience in leading urban forestry programs at the local, state, federal, and non-profit levels.

Congratulations to City Forester Kevin Lapointe and Forester, Patrick Anyanike for their successful completion of this training institute.

TRIM is a competitive cost-share grant from MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council and U.S. Forest Service that provides up to $10,000 for community tree inventories, removal or pruning of trees, tree planting and educational programs.