Trees in city to see removal or maintenance

BOONVILLE — The Boonville Parks and Recreation Department has started marking street trees around town for removal or maintenance.
This is an ongoing endeavor which began in 2005 as a result of a Street Tree Inventory and continues.  In 2012, Davey Resource Group updated the Street Tree Inventory and this fall trees will be pruned or removed based upon that Street Tree Inventory.  The Parks and Recreation Department is marking trees with either an orange or white paint dot to indicate removal or maintenance.  The orange dot indicates the tree will be removed and the white dot indicates pruning.  
If a tree is slated for removal, a commercial tree service will remove the tree, haul off the debris, grind the stump and backfill seed and straw the area.  Trees slated for maintenance will be trimmed and the debris removed from the site.  
Boonville is blessed with an abundance of street trees which provide brilliant color each fall.  However many of these trees have reached their maturity and are declining.  As a result, many of these magnificent old trees must be removed.  The extreme heat and drought in 2012 plus the heavy snow storms in January and February did not help.  Many trees sustained significant damage during the snow storms and many are now showing signs of stress or are dying from last summer’s heat and dry conditions.  
In an effort to help rebuild, or sustain our Community Forest, the City of Boonville has developed a Tree Grant Program.  The Tree Grant Program offers free replacement trees for those that are removed during our annual maintenance cycle.  To apply for free replacement trees, go to City’s website and click on the Parks and Recreation page.  Click on the Download Center tab and print off the application.  Applications are also available at City Hall, 401 Main, City Services Building, 1200 Locust St, or Parks and Recreation Dept, 1221 11th St.  Fill out the form and return it to the Parks and Recreation Dept.  The Department will determine the right tree for the location and when it is appropriate to plant, provide the trees to the property owners.  All the City asks in return, is that the property owner help keep the tree watered and taken care of.
A healthy community forest provides many social, environmental and economic impacts on our community.  These range from increased property values to reduction in storm water runoff to decreased heating and cooling costs for property owners.  The trees also have value.  The estimated value of our street trees in December 2012 was $4,728,600.00, or approximately $3,615.00 per tree.
For more information, or questions, please contact Gary W. Nauman, Director of Parks, at 660-882-7447, or e-mail