Conservation Commission plants tree to celebrate Arbor Day

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Conservation Commission observed National Arbor Day on Friday, April 29, by planting a tree with several local young conservationists at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) headquarters in Jefferson City. They planted a native yellowwood. This medium-sized tree attracts a variety of pollinators with its 10-14 inch-long clusters of spring-blooming flowers.

"Missouri's trees and forests are truly a treasure, making our communities better places to live, work and play," said Commission Chair Marilynn Bradford. "The Conservation Commission encourages everyone to get outdoors, take advantage of the beautiful spring weather, and plant some trees."

Missouri Arbor Day is celebrated on the first Friday of April and National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of the month. Both events bookend a month-long celebration of trees and forests in communities all over the state.

Trees work for Missouri by producing oxygen, cleaning water, and delivering benefits that shape people's daily lives. Missourians can take advantage of all the ways trees work by selecting native trees to plant and practicing proper tree care.

Get information from MDC on backyard tree care – including types of trees for urban and other landscapes, selecting the right tree for the right place, planting tips, watering and pruning info, and more -- from the Department's website at