Tree funds launched to help urban forests in Mission, Prairie Village and Leawood


A local arbor advocacy organization is providing a digital option to help keep Kansas City’s urban forests vital — and Prairie Village, Mission and Leawood are among the first sites to be targeted by its campaigns.

The Heartland Tree Alliance last month launched a website to accept donations that will be used to plant new trees. Every time a specific city’s tree fund reaches $1,000 in donations, the HTA will organize a tree-planting event there and invite residents to see their donations at work.

A $1,000 tree-planting operation could range from the planting of six 12-foot street trees all the way up to 1,000 bare root seedlings.

The HTA’s community donations website can be found here. At present, Leawood has $72 in its donations fund. Prairie Village has just $5 and Mission has $0.

The online campaign is a partnership between the HTA and Bridging the Gap, Kansas City’s environmental education and advocacy organization.