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Manchester accepts grant for tree planting, educational material

At its regular Oct. 19 virtual meeting, Manchester’s Board of Aldermen approved a resolution accepting a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant. The TRIM grant program is a competitive cost-share program administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forestry Council to provide financial assistance for the management, improvement or conservation of community forests.

The city previously applied for the grant and received $9,783 in funds for proper reimbursable costs related to projects like taking inventory of city park system trees, planting native species trees in the Howard George Drive right-of-way and creating and print tree education cards.

Howard George trees
A look at the Invasive trees along Howard George Drive in Manchester, which were removed and will be replaced with native species.

The right-of-way project area is about 1,400 feet long and located on the South Outer Road/Howard George Drive along Route 141 between Dennison Estates and Mandalay drives. Thirty-five mature Bradford pear trees and a hillside full of invasive hybrid Callery pear sprouts were removed. The trees were invasive and posed a safety risk for pedestrians and motorists due to the ease with which they lose limbs. Due to COVID-19, the city was not able to complete the planting of native species trees to replace the invasive specifies.

The current TRIM grant will help offset those costs, but all projects related to the grant must be completed by May 7, 2021.

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