City Forms New Urban Forestry Group
Missoula’s street trees aren’t just beautiful, they’re also hard-working: they scrub greenhouse gasses from the air, they filter pollutants from rainwater and run-off, they reduce cooling and heating costs, and they dampen the noise of our busy urban life.Trees For Missoula, a newly formed advocacy group, is dedicated to preserving Missoula’s street trees and planting more trees throughout the city.
The new group, sponsored by Missoula Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division, will focus on planting and maintaining trees in boulevards, parks, and public spaces. Trees For Missoula’s mission is to improve our City’s environment, build community and connect Missoulians with the natural world and with each other. Citizens truly value Missoula's urban forest and ask us frequently what they can do to help. This new organization provides a framework for citizens to take an active role in maintaining Missoula’s reputation as “The Garden City.”
Through education, outreach and stewardship, Trees For Missoula will also help educate citizens about the importance of trees in an urban environment and about how to care for trees.
The new group’s projects and priorities will be member-directed.Trees For Missoula will include jobs for just about every interest.Members can choose to focus on tree care and tree planting, public education and outreach, school presentations, photography and the arts, creative and marketing, programs and special events, or management and fundraising support.
Trees For Missoula is looking for a diverse group of people who share a passion for enhancing and maintaining Missoula’s trees; no forestry or technical background is required.Trees For Missoula is not an advisory board, and its members are not expected to shape policy, provide technical expertise, or advise the city regarding urban forestry activities and programs.Both city and county residents are welcome. Members can join at any time.
Next Trees for Missoula meeting will be held at:
June 13, 2012, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Headwaters Meeting Room
Currents Aquatics Center in McCormick Park.
600 Cregg Lane
Missoula, MT 59801
Email Urban Forester Greg Howe for more information.