Warrensburg – A tree pruning workshop set for 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 17, will help the Tree Board fulfill a requirement of the 2016 Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance grant.

The workshop will begin with a presentation at the Municipal Center, followed by hands-on experience.

Community Development Director Barbara Carroll said pruning will start on Holden Street and will move down Madison Street to Compton Park if time allows.

The workshop will be taught by Missouri Department of Conservation urban forester Chuck Conner, who will also provide the hands-on instruction and tools.

The board also will share information about the Tree Management Plan during a radio interview and a Master Gardener’s meeting.

The $10,000 grant also requires the board to hold a children’s educational program to promote and explain the value of trees over their lifespan.

The board will decide details of that program at its November meeting.

Carroll said 22 trees are listed for removal in the grant this year, but said, “I doubt we’ll be able to do all of them.”

This year, the focus will be on removing ash trees, with 14 slated for removal along with eight trees of other species. Six of the trees are in city parks, including four in Grover Park.

Carroll said Public Works staff will remove nine smaller trees as the city’s in-kind match for the grant.

She said removal of the ash trees is “proactive” due to the threat of emerald ash borers, which have not yet been found in this area.

Conner recommended the board start removing the ash trees now “or we won’t have the money” when the borer is detected, she said.

“There’s no known resistance to them,” Carroll said. “Every affected tree will die.”

Carroll said requests for proposals were sent out the week of Oct. 10, she said, and are due at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The project must be completed by May 1, she said.

The board received $10,000 TRIM grants from the conservation department in 2011 and 2012 to survey trees on city streets and to begin the inventory of parks trees.

The 2013 grant, under agreement with the Parks Department, completed the inventory of parks trees in mowed areas and along trails in Culp, West, Cave Hollow, Hawthorne and Blind Boone parks.

The inventory identified the size and species of the trees and their condition.

Davey Resource Group then prepared a five-year tree management plan that identified hundreds of city trees that should be removed.

TRIM grants since then have focused on removal of hazardous trees.

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