Thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation Department who donated $1,000 to the project, Tree Board volunteers planted 10 native trees around the newly-constructed playground next to the Shawnee Park Center on Route 74 and West End Boulevard.
The observance of Arbor Day by the City of Cape Girardeau is one of the criteria for recognition as a Tree City USA affiliate. Cape Girardeau has been named a Tree City USA city by the National Arbor Day Foundation to honor it’s commitment to its community forest. It is the fifteenth year Cape Girardeau has received this national recognition.
Cape Girardeau has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA affiliate:
- Maintaining a citizen tree board
- Establishing a tree care ordinance
- Maintaining a comprehensive community forestry program
- Recognizing Arbor Day through tree plantings each year
“It shows the people of Cape Girardeau value trees for the beauty, grace, comfort and practical blessings they bring,” said John Rosenow, National Arbor Day Foundation President.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
If you would like to learn more about native trees, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 573-339-6340, or the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau office: 573-290-5730.