With assistance from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program, the City of Parkville completed its plan to update the tree inventory of English Landing Park, remove dead wood and prune some of the larger established trees in the park. The City has a total of 777 trees in English Landing Park.
To make the project possible, the City was awarded a $6,282 TRIM grant from the MDC. Parkville was one of 38 communities to receive a grant in 2018. With these grant funds, the tree inventory was completed by Davey Resource Group. It is an important planning tool that will help the parks establish a regular program for tree care and to determine budget and equipment needs. Implementation of the maintenance recommendations will enhance public safety and increase the benefits the trees provide to the community.
The TRIM grant program is a competitive cost-share tree care program administered by the MDC and the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides assistance for government agencies, public schools and non-profit groups with the management, improvement or conservation of trees on public lands. Projects eligible for TRIM grants include tree inventory and hazardous tree removal or pruning.
Mayor Nan Johnston said, “Because City staff continues to pursue grants, we are able to maintain the health of our tree stock as a top priority in our more than 200 acres of parks and over 100 acres of nature sanctuaries. We appreciate the assistance provided by the TRIM Program through the Missouri Department of Conservation.”
Parkville, designated as Tree City USA again in 2019 for the 29th consecutive year, was awarded the TRIM grant last fall and greatly appreciates the support of the MDC who helped significantly offset project costs to make this plan possible.