|The Missouri Department of Conservation is offering grants to assist government agencies, public schools and non-profit groups with managing, improving and planting trees and forests on public land. The Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants help communities like Joplin plant new trees, prune and remove hazardous trees and train volunteers and city employees to care for community forests.
The grants provide reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000 to fund up to 60 percent of the money needed for a project. Applicants must apply by June 1, 2012, detailing project costs, funding sources, maps of the project site, a three-year maintenance plan for the project and a letter of approval from the governmental body that oversees the proposed project site.
A TRIM grant workshop to assist potential grant applicants will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on April 11, 2012,at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, Wildcat Park, Joplin. For more information about this workshop contact MDC Urban Forester Jon Skinner at (417) 629-3423. For more information on TRIM grants, including the grant application and workbook, go here.