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Poplar Bluff receives grant funding for community forest improvements

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The city of Poplar Bluff is one of 42 Missouri communities to receive a grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation.  

The MDC has awarded $404,352 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.

"Missourians care about conserving the trees in the cities and towns where they live and work," said MDC Forestry Management Chief Justine Gartner. "TRIM grants help recipients accomplish activities that keep their neighborhood trees healthy and thriving, including inventory, pruning, planting, and educational programs."

Trees work in Missouri communities to provide an amazing number of benefits, from cleaning our air and water to reducing stress and helping children concentrate. Just like any other natural resource, it takes active involvement to keep community trees thriving.

"Tree inventories are an important way for communities to manage and plan for the future. You have to know not only where the trees are, but how to adequately care for them, and you have to know their condition and maintenance needs. An inventory allows a community to thoughtfully plan work rather than responding to the latest disaster," said Gartner.

Inventory is particularly important to prevent and prepare for invasive pests such as emerald ash borers, which have been killing ash trees across the country.

Several of this year's grant recipients will use grant funds to assess and manage the ash trees in their communities.

Poplar Poplar Bluff received $5,379 in the area of education.

For more information, visit MDC's website at mdc.mo.gov and search "TRIM Grants."

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