City leaders dedicate additional resources to urban forest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department and the Heartland Tree Alliance are working together to replace old and dying trees in the city's urban forest.

The project is about more than just planting trees, the groups also want to remind people about the benefits trees bring.

"We don't realize how important these trees are and all the benefits we get from them," Kevin LaPointe said. "Not just the oxygen, the storm water runoff and all the other benefits that trees provide.

"And you'll see the tree tags around the city this month; not just in Kansas City, but in Overland Park and other municipalities."

If the tree planting goes well this spring, the groups hope to continue the project  next year, eventually planning 3,000 trees around the city each year.

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