| Tree Guidelines • Tree Manual • Tree Ordinance
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry maintains 30,000 trees along streets and in parks. Tree trimming is scheduled during winter, new trees are planted in winter and spring, trees are removed during the summer, and stump grinding is done in the fall. Firewood generated by tree removal or trimming is available to residents free of charge at the job site and at Heman Park throughout the year.
Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance Grant
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department has received a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (T.R.I.M.) Grant in the amount of $9,427.00 from the Missouri Department of Conservation to go towards the implementation of a tree inventory.
The T.R.I.M. grant program is a competitive cost-share program provided and administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forestry Council. The purpose is to provide financial assistance for the management, improvement, or conservation of our community forests. With the award of the T.R.I.M. grant, the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department will use the money to conduct a GIS based digital tree inventory of the city’s street trees within the north part of the city.
Once the inventory project is complete priorities then can be set regarding street tree pruning and removal. The trees that are deemed a high risk will be the first trees addressed. Work orders will be created and given to the forestry crew to complete. After the high-risk trees are taken care of a cyclical pruning cycle will be developed and contract crews will aid in the completion of these prunes. Forestry staff will mainly deal with removals and planting. This inventory will aid in efficiently planting trees and keep the city on track to plant at least as many trees that are removed each year.
Darren Dunkle CPRP AFO
Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry
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