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Tree planting workshop in Joplin on March 14 helpful in choosing varieties

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JOPLIN, Mo. – Planting a tree can be an event with consequences that last a lifetime – even generations. Without planning, a tree that is not suited for its planting location could develop problems in the future. To help Ozarkers think about what trees do best in the right place, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free tree selection and planting workshop at 6:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center. The facility is located at 201 Riviera Drive in Joplin.

Volunteers continue to plant trees in Joplin after an F5 tornado wiped out much of the community's urban forest. Trees can provide many benefits but there are a number of factors to consider before a hole is dug and a tree placed in the ground. People can get tree planting tips at a free clinic on March 14 in Joplin.

Volunteers continue to plant trees in Joplin after an F5 tornado wiped out much of the community’s urban forest. Trees can provide many benefits but there are a number of factors to consider before a hole is dug and a tree placed in the ground. People can get tree planting tips at a free clinic on March 14 in Joplin.

Varietal selections should consider aesthetics, wildlife habitat, shade, energy conservation, erosion reduction, as well as the potentials for disease in certain species. Missouri ash trees, for example, are under attack from the Emerald Ash Borer, while new varieties such as the Patriot Elm have been developed to resist Dutch Elm Disease. It is also wise to consider native species, which tend to do better in the Ozarks, and may help preserve ecosystems.

When planting a tree, planning for location as well as size should come before planting.

Registration is requested, but not required. To register or to get more information, contact MDC Community Forester Jon Skinner at 417-629-3423 or Jon.Skinner@mdc.mo.gov. If you cannot attend, more information on tree planting from the MDC website at http://mdc.mo.gov/node/5960.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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