JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently awarded 38 grants totaling $302,346 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program.

Here in Webster County, the City of Seymour was granted $10,000 for inventory and Pruning.

TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, public schools and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands.

"Trees make life better for our cities and towns every day," said MDC Community Forestry Program Supervisor Russell Hinnah. "TRIM grants help communities with tree inventory, pruning, planting, and programs that help keep our neighborhood trees healthy and thriving."

Trees work in Missouri communities by providing an amazing number of benefits — from cleaning the air and water to reducing stress and helping children concentrate. As with other natural resources, it takes active involvement to keep community trees thriving.

"Tree inventories are an important way for communities to manage and plan for the future," said Hinnah. "You have to know not only where the trees are, but how to care for them. An inventory allows a community to thoughtfully plan work rather than responding to the latest disaster."

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