New tree identification signs installed in Moberly’s Rothwell Park

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MOBERLY, Mo. – A TRIM grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently helped install four new tree identification signs at Rothwell Park in Moberly. TRIM stands for Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance. The program provides cost-share grants to help communities fund tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and the training of volunteers and city/county employees to best care for community forests.

Rothwell Park is a 465-acre park with tens of thousands of visitors each year. MDC worked with Moberly Parks and Recreation to install four signs along the ‘Paul Walker’ walking trail and meditation garden. The signs give visitors the tree identification information for 20 species of trees and shrubs. Each of the four signs presents five species that are within 50-feet to allow for live specimen identification.

“These signs provide an interpretive and interactive tree identification experience to people of all ages,” said MDC Community and Private Land Forester Sam Kosark. “It’s a great opportunity for everyone in the community to learn about and connect with nature.”

TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000 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 15-percent in matching funds.

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