WELCOME TO THE MISSOURI COMMUNITY FORESTRY COUNCIL WEB SITE!
Thanks to everyone who made our
2014 Conference a big success!
Preserving, Sustaining and Growing the Urban Forest
Jefferson City, MO
March 10-12, 2014
Our annual conference was once again a successful mix of education, networking and socializing. Congratulations to the Central Region, who had the role this year of bringing together speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. Their hard work definitely paid off. And now, time to start planning next year's conference in St. Louis!
WHO WE ARE
The Missouri Community Forestry Council (MCFC) is committed to urban and community forestry issues in Missouri. The Council meets regularly to advise the State of Missouri on the best ways to preserve, protect, expand and improve our urban and community forests.
Six active regions make up the State Council. Members meet bi-monthly in each region to discuss local tree management and carry out projects. Representatives from each region then attend the State meetings to share ideas and problems on a larger scale. Because many entities are interested in and advocate for Missouri's community forests, a number of them are also represented on MCFC as "at-large members." You can find a list of all officers, representatives and at-large members below.
"Stewardship for Missouri's Community Forests" is a mission held true by the Missouri Community Forestry Council. Hosting an annual education and networking conference, acknowledging good community forestry programs with the Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence, and supporting the efforts of other pro-active tree organizations are a few of the outstanding efforts by the Missouri Community Forestry Council.
Want to know who participates on the Council? See the Council Members page!
Looking for information on tree care, planting, selection... ? Check out our extensive LINKS for all this and more.
WANT TO KNOW THE VALUE OF YOUR TREES TO YOURSELF AND THE ENVIRONMENT? You can check them out on our "Experts Speak" page with the Tree Benefit Calculator!
The duty of MCFC is to seek the broadest possible involvement of representatives from entities and persons involved in community forestry matters, and after thorough discussion and study, to arrive at consensus on matters relating to good urban forestry policies.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the Missouri Community Forestry Council, contact the regional representative for your area. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Check out "Tree Care Blog" on this site for latest and best practices for trees.
Public trees say a lot about your community
Missouri Community Forestry Council recognizes that trees are a vital component of our towns and cities. Trees have the unique ability to provide these benefits: Increased property value, improved air quality, energy savings, protection for watersheds, wildlife habitat, green balance for hard surfaces and individual identity for each community.
Creating a healthy urban forest takes planning, good management and public support, but the result is well-worth the effort. The rise in Tree City USA communities throughout the state is a sign that Missouri is working hard for urban and community forestry.
Surveys show that our community trees are in decline nationwide. Trees are being lost in our towns faster than they are being planted. Many trees receive no care or improper care, such as topping. Some trees become hazardous; newly planted trees are often neglected and die; some trees will cause future problems because they were planted in the wrong place.
Communities must be dedicated to their urban forests. MCFC offers much assistance with this; from recommending certified arborists to promoting a nationwide anti-topping campaign.
Here's the most recent update to our Strategic Plan. It spells out the direction for this organization for the next two years.
Council Meeting Information
The next meeting of the Executive Council is Thursday, December 12, in Jefferson City. For more information, contact Jim Summers at email@example.com. Minutes from past meetings can be found below.