JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is hosting workshops across the state to educate citizens and communities about the value of their public trees. The workshops will provide useful information and tools for city and elected officials; public works, parks, and planning departments; local arborists; local and regional planners; tree boards; and anyone with an interest in community trees. Professional credits will be available.
Topics will include information on the benefits of trees and tools for their effective care and management, measuring and understanding the economic value of trees, the value of a tree inventory, and trends in community forestry.
The workshops will focus on the results of a unique series of tree assessments that took place over three decades in 44 Missouri cities, and will also reveal trends in the attitudes and opinions of municipal officials and citizens about trees in their communities.
Workshop presentations will include interactive audience polling where ideas and opinions will be part of the discussion. Participants will receive detailed information about new tools for managing community forests, and about engaging officials and citizens to develop sustainable forests where they live, work, and play.
The workshops are free, but registration is required. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. For more information, contact MDC Forestry Field Programs Supervisor Nick Kuhn at 573-522-4115 ext. 3306, or Nick.Kuhn@mdc.mo.gov.
Workshops will be held: