Volunteers needed for community tree planting project

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JOPLIN, Mo. – The Murphysburg Historic District and the North Heights Neighborhood are planning to plant 50 donated trees and are looking for volunteers to help.

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri donated the trees, which will be planted in the parkways (also known as the public right-of-way) to “increase the tree canopy, promote the quality of life, raise property values, and reduce urban heat islands.”

Mary Anne Phillips, one of the organizers with Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. said, “The trees we are planting today will benefit everyone in Joplin—not just these two historic neighborhoods—well into the future.” Phillips said all property owners adjacent to the parkways will be given instructions on proper tree maintenance, pruning, watering, and mulching.

Stephen Grindle, with the North Heights Neighborhood Group, another organizer said, “This tree planting project creates neighborhood pride, and since it is an outdoor project, makes it easy to meet COVID-19 safe practices for the volunteers and homeowners.”

Grindle further stated that volunteers are still needed for the planting and are encouraged to meet at the Neighborhood Life House Inc. at 502 North Wall Avenue, on Saturday, October 24th at 2:00 p.m.

Organizers coordinated with the City of Joplin Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments, the Joplin Tree Board, and the Missouri Department of Conservation to set the specifications for the project. The width of the planting strip, utilities, Missouri One Call System approval, location to curbs, existing mature trees, and the characteristics of the donated tree species were all factored in to determine “the right tree in the right place.”

Because the trees are being planted in the public right-of-way, to honor the Tree City USA designation, and to make the task quicker and safer, the Parks Department offered to use their equipment to dig the holes for the trees.


“Historic Murphysburg Preservation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that implements charitable and educational activities which promotes and stimulates historic awareness, preservation, heritage tourism, and much more. The Historic Murphysburg Residential District is generally Sergeant, Moffet and part of Byers and Pearl Avenues between 1st and 7th Streets. www.murphysburg.org.”


“The North Heights Neighborhood Group, also a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has developed a strong network of over 900 neighbors. They hold connection events such as Porchfest and engage in the identification and restoration of historic homes. The boundaries are generally Glenview Place to A Street between Main Street and Jackson Avenue. www.northheightsporchfest.com.”


“Forest ReLeaf of Missouri is a catalyst for restoring and sustaining urban forests. It operates as the only nonprofit community-assisted tree nursery in the region. Since their inception in 1993 in the St. Louis area, more than 200,000 trees have been planted throughout Missouri and Illinois – projects that have increased tree canopy in low-income areas, assisted with reforestation after major weather disasters, and those undertaken to promote peace and healing. With the help of thousands of volunteers, they are planting trees and enriching communities. www.moreleaf.org.”