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Urban Forestry Services

The Municipal Services Division of Public Works is responsible for the planting and maintenance of approximately 3,000 city-owned trees located in the public right-of-way (ROW). To help manage and promote a health urban tree canopy, the city removes, replaces, and prunes city-owned trees on an annual basis. When properly maintained, trees provide communities abundant environmental benefits and contribute to a community's quality of life. The trees growing along the public streets constitute a valuable community resource by providing pollution control, energy reduction, stormwater management, wildlife habitat, education, and aesthetics.

Tree City USA
The City of North Kansas City is celebrating its 23rd anniversary with Tree City USA. This program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. More than 3,400 other communities have made the same commitment by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: Maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

Emerald Ash Borer Program
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle was first discovered in ash trees in North Kansas City in November 2014, when the city's arborist reported that over one hundred ash trees in North Kansas City were infested.

The city has taken a proactive approach to slow or stop the onset of the EAB to minimize the loss of ash trees. Ash trees located along street rights-of-way and in the city's parks are treated by a qualified landscape company once every three years to control the EAB.

Tree Management Plan
In 2017, the city was awarded a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant up to $25,000 to help fund a complete tree inventory and management plan. The focus of the inventory was to address short-term and long-term maintenance needs for inventoried public trees. The Davey Resource Group completed the tree inventory of 3,060 sites to help the city gain an understanding of the needs of our existing urban forest and recommend a maintenance schedule for tree care. Click on Tree Management Plan to see the complete plan.

This inventory was made possible by the Missouri Department of Conservation

earth day 
Earth Day celebration with Tree Plantings, a Scavenger Hunt, and Park Clean-Up.



City Hall
2010 Howell St
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone 816-274-6000

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