Trees are planted for many reasons, including aesthetics, wildlife habitat, shade, energy conservation, erosion reduction, and in remembrance of an event or person.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds landowners that when adding trees to their property, planning should come before planting. 

Before selecting and planting a tree, there are several questions that need to be asked in regard to evaluating the planting site. This is a decision that lasts a lifetime – and, in some cases, even longer.

Without planning, a tree that is not suited for its planting location could develop problems in the future.

To help people learn how to plant the right trees in the right place, MDC will a free tree selection and planting workshop on Tuesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, Joplin.

Registration is requested, but not required. To register or to get more information, contact MDC Community Forester Jon Skinner at (417) 629-3423 or


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