~ Kansas City, Missouri - The City of Kansas City is taking proactive measures to maintain its tree canopy by pruning trees in the Quality of Life Improvement District (QLID). With the assistance of a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), the city's Forestry Division has recently completed an updated tree inventory in the QLID area zip codes, 64126 to 64130.

The inventory provided maintenance recommendations for each tree, which then became the basis for the TRIM grant to perform necessary maintenance work. This approach aligns with one of the key recommendations of the Urban Forestry Master Plan (UFMP) - proactive rather than reactive tree maintenance.

Thanks to this grant, a total of 820 trees were pruned in QLID areas, block by block. The pruning focused on removing dead, broken, and low-hanging limbs for safety and beautification purposes.

The Forestry Division is responsible for managing a vast urban forest that provides over $28.2 million in annual benefits. This forest is a valuable municipal asset that appreciates over time and produces a positive return on public funds invested in its care. Proper management of this asset not only results in safer city streets and parks but also increases the quality of life for citizens and preserves the longevity and benefits that trees provide.

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According to city officials, this coordinated effort to maintain the urban forest demonstrates a high degree of responsiveness to citizens' needs. The City of Kansas City recognizes the value and services provided by its urban forest and understands the importance of an integrated approach to its stewardship.

It is exciting to see various recommendations from the UFMP being implemented in a planned and coordinated effort. The continued implementation of these recommendations is crucial in building support from citizens, city officials, and all stakeholders needed to achieve the plan's goals.

With this proactive approach to tree maintenance, Kansas City is setting an example for other cities to follow in preserving and enhancing their urban forests. The city remains committed to the UFMP's goals and will continue to work towards a greener, safer, and more beautiful community for all.

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