In August 2013, the City of Kirksville was awarded a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) Grant through the Missouri Department of Conservation. The TRIM program is a competitive cost-share program provided and administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forestry Council and the U.S. Forest Service. The purpose of the program is to provide financial assistance for the management, improvement or conservation of our community forests.
The grant reimbursed a portion of the costs to plant thirty-six new trees in Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery. City employees and a group of volunteers attended a training session led by MDC Forester Yvette Amerman on how to plant, care for, and choose proper trees. The group planted and mulched the trees in November 2013. Upon final inspection of the trees and verification of costs, Amerman presented a $5,233.75 reimbursement check to Mayor Glen Moritz last week.
Thanks to the TRIM Grant, Forest-Llewellyn Cemeteryâ??s master tree plan is now complete.