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Tree-planting workshops offer details on doing it right the first time

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Mike Walsh, and a volunteer Jim Horn plant tree at Community Tree Garden in St. Louis area. The group has been helping with tree planting around the state for two decades.


JOPLIN, Mo. – Trees are planted for many reasons, including aesthetics, wildlife habitat, shade, energy conservation, erosion reduction, and in remembrance of an event or person.

To help landowners learn about planning and planting, professional forests with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer three free tree selection and planting workshops in the Ozarks during March. MDC Community Forester Jon Skinner will discuss the steps involved in evaluating a planting site, selecting the appropriate tree for that site and getting that tree in the ground and off to a successful growing start. Here is a schedule of the upcoming workshops:

  • March 13, 6:30 p.m., Greenfield Community Building, corner of Toney Ave. and Park St. in Greenfield
  • March 14, 6:30 p.m., Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, 201 Riviera Drive in Joplin.
  • March 16, 6:30 p.m., MDC El Dorado Springs Office, 1109 S. Main St. in El Dorado Springs.

To register or to get more information, contact MDC Community Forester Jon Skinner at 417-629-3423 or Jon.Skinner@mdc.mo.gov.

Information on tree planting and care can be found at mdc.mo.gov/trees/plants/tree-care.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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