Kansas City's 249,450,000 regional trees and forests conserve energy, reduce power plant emissions, and improve the health and well-being of residents and visitors. Ecosystem services provided by these trees can be quantified and valued. It’s worth millions upon millions to the region.
One of the most important things we can do to protect trees is stop moving invasive pests and diseases to new areas on firewood. It's really that simple- don't move firewood, and keep trees healthy and alive.
The Community Forestry Program provides professional forestry assistance to the incorporated municipalities of Kansas through education, tree inventory, tree planting, maintenance, planning and program organization. The program works through local tree boards, residents, city employees and arborists to build local capacity for the sound management of public trees.
The Rural Forestry Program provides on-site professional forestry assistance to private landowners to manage forests, woodlands and windbreaks. Through the Forest Stewardship Program, foresters prepare long-term plans to help landowners reach their project goals for tree planting, windbreak renovation and forest stand improvement.
The Fire Management Program provides assistance to 610 rural fire departments in Kansas to prevent and suppress wildland fires through training, excess property and equipment donation and cost-share programs.
The Forest Health Program sustains the health of windbreaks, forests and woodlands by proactively monitoring for invasive plants, insects and diseases and by providing control and diagnostic recommendations to Kansas landowners.
The Streamside Forestry Program works closely with local stakeholders to assess the function and condition of riparian forests in high priority watersheds. By protecting and establish riparian forests the program reduces streambank erosion and sediment entry while improving water quality.