KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI – In honor of National Arbor Day, April 24, 2015, organizers of the 50 Trees street-tree planting program are requesting the help of Kirkwood citizens to nominate sites for trees to be planted this Fall. Initiated in 2010 to honor the 50th anniversary of the Greentree Festival, the 50 Trees program recently received the prestigious 2014 Arbor Award of Excellence for a citywide program from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Plans call for at least 75 trees to be planted this fall, bringing the program’s six-year total to at least 420 trees planted by local volunteers who, through this citizen-led initiative, contribute to Kirkwood’s designation as a Tree City USA for the past 25 years.

Nominated planting sites must meet certain requirements. Sites must be within Kirkwood’s rights-of-way – usually in the 3- to 4-foot grassy ‘tree lawn’ between the curb and sidewalk, and the sites must be clear of overhead utility lines and underground utility conflicts. Qualified sites will be selected on a “first-come, first-served” basis. The trees are planted free of charge.

Interested residents willing to help care for a tree should email contact information and exact location of the proposed site to KeepKirkwoodGreen@gmail.com