MDC to host Arbor Day observance April 30 in St. Joseph

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St. Joseph, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will host an Arbor Day celebration that includes free tree seedlings for attendees 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30, at MDC’s Northwest Regional Office, 701 James McCarthy Drive on the Missouri Western State University campus.

Two free tree seedlings per family will be offered while supplies last. Tree species provided will include Norway spruce, redbud, river birch, flowering dogwood, aromatic sumac, northern red oak, butternut, swamp white oak, ninebark, bald cypress and hazelnut. The event will also include crafts and a chance for youngsters to meet Smokey Bear. Visitors can also meet MDC foresters and get professional advice about trees.

Trees in urban and rural settings provide shade, beauty and wildlife habitat. Those qualities also provide economic value.

For more information, call 816-271-3111. To tap MDC expertise about urban trees, forests and woodlands, visit