The Hermann Tree Commission is working with Hermann teachers and students in organizing a Tree City USA observance set for Monday, Oct. 19, at Hermann City Park.
The commission has been involved in various projects over the past decade, toward a goal of greening up the city. The Tree City is a nationwide movement that helps communities manage and expand their public trees.
Because of Covid-19, Hermann couldn't celebrate Arbor Day 2020 this April. In lieu of Arbor Day celebration, the Hermann Tree Commission will be holding an Arbor tree planting in Hermann City Park Camping and RV site at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19. The planting site will be within walking distance of school.
Please call Clark Gantzer at (573) 823-0611 for more information.
In other news related to the Tree Commission, the Missouri Department of Conservation has announced that it has awarded a $10,000 grant to Hermann for education and planting trees, primarily in Upper City Park. The award is part of the state's Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) program. Terms of the cost-share program were approved at Monday night's Hermann Board of Aldermen meeting.
TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, schools and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands. Grant funds are matched by each grant recipient to help with tree inventories, pruning, planting, removals, and educational programs, according to MDC.
Trees in in Missouri cities and towns provide an amazing number of benefits. They reduce air and water pollution, impact heating and cooling costs, and increase real estate values. They can improve physical and mental health and are even associated with reduced crime rates. Trees and green spaces help get people outside, fostering active living and neighborhood pride.
For more information, visit MDC's website at www.mdc.mo.gov/trim.