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Heartland Tree Alliance is partnering with the City of Leawood to Hang Tree Tags in Celebration of Arbor Day

Expires [Saturday, April 30, 2016]

CONTACT: Sarah Crowder, Bridging the Gap
816-561-1086, ext. 138


The Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) and its community partners will be hanging tree tags during the month of April in celebration of Arbor Day.
The large tree tags are labeled with the annual, estimated cumulative dollar value created by a single tree. The dollar values were calculated using the U.S. Forest Service’s i-Tree Streets software, which calculates the benefits based on a tree’s species, diameter, the land use the tree is closest to, and its location in the U.S. The benefits include energy savings, property value enhancement, carbon dioxide sequestration, storm water retention and air quality.
Tree Tags are expected to pop up in cities all over the region, including Belton; Blue Springs; Fairway; Gladstone; Independence; Kansas City, Mo.; Leawood; Liberty; Mission; North Kansas City; Olathe; Overland Park; Parkville; Raytown; Roeland Park; Shawnee; and Westwood. The tags encourage people to think about the important role urban trees have in making our communities healthy.
Arbor Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the role of trees in people’s lives and promotes tree planting and care. National Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April, and each state celebrates Arbor Day on a date that is appropriate for tree-planting in that region. Missouri celebrates Arbor Day the first Friday in April. Kansas celebrates Arbor Day the last Friday in April.
HTA is a program of Bridging the Gap, the Kansas City region’s leading nonprofit dedicated to volunteerism and sustainability. Donations are welcome (and needed) and can be made online through the Tree Fund at www.treesformycity.com . Donors have option of selecting from one of 17 city partners. Once a city’s fund reaches $1,000 HTA organizes a tree planting workday with them.

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