MDC awards 38 TRIM grants for community forest improvements

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently awarded 38 grants totaling $302,346 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program. TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, public schools and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands.

“Trees make life better for our cities and towns every day,” said MDC Community Forestry Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah. “TRIM grants help communities with tree inventory, pruning, planting, and programs that help keep our neighborhood trees healthy and thriving.”

Trees work in Missouri communities by providing an amazing number of benefits -- from cleaning the air and water to reducing stress and helping children concentrate. As with other natural resources, it takes active involvement to keep community trees thriving.

“Tree inventories are an important way for communities to manage and plan for the future,” said Hinnah. “You have to know not only where the trees are, but how to care for them. An inventory allows a community to thoughtfully plan work rather than responding to the latest disaster.”

A tree inventory is particularly important to prepare for invasive pests such as emerald ash borers (EAB). Several communities are conducting inventories this year that will help with management of EAB.

The 38 TRIM grant recipients are:


  • City of Mexico: $8,000 for Tree Management, Education, Safety Training
  • The Curators of the University of Missouri: $10,000 for Planting, Removal
  • City of Laurie: $10,000 for Planting, Removal
  • City of Hermann: $10,000 for Education, Planting
  • Columbia Parks and Recreation Department: $6,910 for Education


  • University of Missouri St. Louis: $7,425 for Inventory
  • Lafayette Square Restoration Committee: $10,000 for Education, Pruning, Removal
  • City of Webster Groves: $9,960 for Inventory
  • City of Shrewsbury: $10,000 for Inventory, Other, Pruning, Removal
  • Town of Augusta: $4,837 for Education, Inventory, Planting
  • Crystal City: $6,864 for Pruning, Removal
  • Forest ReLeaf of Missouri: $10,000 for Inventory, Data Management
  • City of Bellerive Acres: $10,000 for Tree Maintenance
  • Tower Grove Park: $9,890 for Education, Removal
  • Uplands Park: $6,092 for Pruning
  • City of Brentwood: $10,000 for Education, Planting
  • City of Frontenac: $10,000 for Education, Pruning
  • Saint Charles Parks and Recreation Department: $10,000 for Education, Removal
  • City of Greendale: $10,000 for Education, Inventory, Planting, Pruning, Removal
  • City of Wildwood: $10,000 for Planting, Removal
  • City of Cool Valley: $7,158 for Pruning, Removal
  • Glen Echo Park: $3,476 for Pruning
  • Town of Grantwood Village: $7,557 for Education, Planting, Pruning, and Removal


  • St. Joseph Parks, Recreation, & Civic Facility: $1,700 for Removal
  • Northwest Missouri State University: $10,000 for Pruning, Removal


  • Independence Parks, Recreation, and Tourism: $10,000 for Education, Inventory, Pruning, Removal
  • City of Sedalia: $9,917 for Education, Inventory, Planting, Pruning
  • City of Houston Lake: $1,500 for Pruning, Removal
  • Kansas City: $10,000 for Management Plan
  • University of Missouri Kansas City: $10,000 for Pruning, Removal
  • Lee's Summit Parks and Recreation: $7,800 for Inventory
  • City of Parkville: $6,282 for Inventory, Pruning, Removal


  • City of Carthage/Carthage Tree Board: $2,330 for Education
  • City of Seymour: $10,000 for Inventory, Pruning
  • City of Branson: $9,962 for Pruning
  • City of Joplin: $10,000 for Pruning


  • Missouri State University West Plains Campus: $10,000 for Education, Planting, Pruning, Removal


  • City of Desloge: $2,242 for Planting 

For more information on TRIM grants, visit MDC’s website at