MDC offers grants for community tree care

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) cost-share grants to help government agencies, public schools, and not-for-profit groups with the management, improvement, and conservation of trees and forests on public land. TRIM grants are used to help fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city and county employees to best care for community forests.

TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council and the U.S. Forest Service. The TRIM grant program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $25,000 to grant recipients to fund up to 60 percent of money needed for projects. Projects located in communities with The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 10 percent in matching funds.

The deadline for TRIM grant applications is June 5.

Get more information on TRIM grants, including grant applications and workbooks, online at



To assist potential grant applicants, MDC will hold the following grant workshops:

  • LICKING: March 9, 9 to 11 a.m., at the MDC George O. White Nursery on Shafer Road. Contact MDC Resource Forester William Travis Mills to register at or 417-967-3385. This workshop will include a basic information session on the Arbor Day Foundation recognition program for Tree City USA.
  • KIRKSVILLE: March 19, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MDC Northeast Regional Office, 3500 S. Baltimore. Contact MDC Resource Forester Kyle Monroe to register at 573-248-2530 or
  • JOPLIN: March 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, 201 W. Riviera Drive. Contact MDC Community Forester Jon Skinner to register at 417-629-3423 or
  • SPRINGFIELD: March 25, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the MDC Southwest Regional Office, 2630 Mayfair. Contact MDC Community Forester Cindy Garner to register at 417-895-6880 or
  • KANSAS CITY: March 26, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MDC Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave. No registration is required.
  • CAPE GIRARDEAU: March 27, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MDC Southeast Regional Office, 2302 County Park Drive in Cape Girardeau. Register by contacting MDC Resource Forester Rocky Hayes at 573-290-5858, ext. 4421.

  • COLUMBIA: April 8, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MDC Columbia Regional Office, 3500 E. Gans Road. Contact MDC Resource Forester Ann Koenig to register at or 573-815-7901 ext. 3479.

  • KIRKWOOD: April 28 at 6 p.m. at the MDC Powder Valley Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road. Contact Powder Valley Nature Center to register at 314-301-1500.