Unified Government 2019 Arbor Day Planting

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is going to be celebrating Arbor Day with a tree planting on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.  The tree planting ceremony will be at St. John’s Park at 4th & Ann in Kansas City, Kansas.  The Unified Government’s Tree Board is hosting this Arbor Day Celebration. Residents are encouraged to attend.
 
Kansas City, Kansas is celebrating Arbor Day as a local “Tree City USA” member since 2008.  To qualify for this designation of the Arbor Day Foundation, local communities must have a tree care ordinance, a tree board or department, annual expenditures on tree planting and care, and an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.             
 
Trees are a very important asset of any community.  Trees planted along streets help to retain stormwater runoff and helps to cool neighborhoods by reducing heat-island effects of roads and parking lots.  Trees planted along streams and wetland prevents erosion and helps to keep water clean.  Planting the right trees around your home or business saves energy.  In addition, trees absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutant particles, then store carbon and emit pure oxygen. 
 
Trees can be assets to property owners.  The National Tree Benefit Calculator, www.treebenefits.com, shows estimates of how much trees provide in annual savings for things like storm water runoff, property values, and energy.  For example, one 15” diameter ash tree is estimated to provide benefits of $144.00 per year. 
 
But the emerald ash borer has already killed millions of ash trees in the states where it has been detected and its population is growing and has been killing ash trees in Wyandotte County. 
 
Many people are uncertain of what less-common trees look like and often stick to just a few species of trees that they know or recognize. But this is not a wise practice! We encourage residents to plant trees and to replant trees that have died with a more diverse variety of trees. 
 
 
For more information:
http://www.wycokck.org/Parks/Maintenance.aspx 
(Tree Information found under Park Maintenance)
http://www.kansasforests.org/           
http://www.arborday.org/      
https://www.bridgingthegap.org/heartland-tree-alliance/