When you think of healthy living, do you think of healthy trees? It’s easy to forget the difference they make for us—until suddenly they’re torn apart in an ice storm, shattered by lightning, or they die from drought. Add to those natural causes new invasive threats like the emerald ash borer and gypsy moth, and suddenly you realize Missouri trees need all the help they can get.
Whether you just have a few trees in your yard or many in a city park or forest nearby, you can do something to help Missouri’s trees by volunteering as a Missouri Forestkeeper. It’s a network supported by the Missouri Department of Conservation and Forest ReLeaf of Missouri. It’s a statewide program, so no matter where you live in Missouri you can sign up and start monitoring your chosen area of trees.
You can do it as an individual or as a group such as scouts, a school class or a neighorhood association. Missouri trees make our lives better in so many ways. Forestkeeper volunteers can help our forests not only now, but leave them healthy for future Missourians, too.