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, planning should come before planting.

Mike Walsh, and a volunteer Jim Horn plant tree at Community Tree Garden in St. Louis area. The group has been helping with tree planting around the state for 20 years.

To help people learn about planning and planting processes, MDC will hold three free tree selection and planting workshops in southwest Missouri in March.

MDC Community Forester Jon Skinner will discuss the steps involved in evaluating a planting site, selecting the appropriate tree for that site and getting that tree in the ground and off to a successful growing start.

Here is a schedule of the upcoming workshops:

• March 13, 6:30 p.m., Greenfield Community Building, corner of Toney Ave. and Park St., in Greenfield

• March 14, 6:30 p.m., Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, 201 Riviera Drive, in Joplin.

• March 16, 6:30 p.m., MDC El Dorado Springs Office, 1109 S. Main St., in El Dorado Springs.

To register or to get more information, contact Jon Skinner at (417) 629-3423 or


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