I do some volunteer work with Heartland Tree Alliance on a regular basis. I attended their Treekeepers course along with a friend of mine, Phil Williams, and since then we’ve pruned some trees, mulched some trees and educated the public about how HTA can help their city, the environment, etc. It’s a fun way to get outdoors and actually do something to help with our hands.
Anyhow, the Unified Government has decided that they would like to set up a Tree Board and Angela Schreffler, the coordinator at HTA, recommended me to sit on the board.
The Tree Board meets monthly and works on the issues that trees present in Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS. So far we’ve been talking about trying to get the city certified as a Tree City USA by The Arbor Day Foundation, activities to run on Earth Day, codifying which trees should and shouldn’t be planted on public property and we’re also working on getting a tree inventory executed. It’s a two year appointment that is renewable and so far it’s been a really enjoyable experience. Frankly, I’m really proud that the local government has taken such a serious step to control climate change, alleviate the heat island effect of cities and just generally make Kansas City a great place to live when we have such challenging financial issues.