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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Restoring the Natural Landscape: Joplin Tree Recovery


    Inherent to a sustainable disaster recovery program is the inclusion of the urban forest when planning and implementing the rejuvenation of a community. People, then places, then things: for true rejuvenation to occur, no part of this triangle of needs can be excluded. Since the May 2011 tornado, the southwestern Missouri cities of Joplin and Duquesne have received help from a project-affiliated consortium of partners—including the U.S Forest Service, the Missouri Department of Conservation, and a multitude of volunteer organizations—to plant and establish a recovery community forest. By their example, learn how disaster-affected communities can work with available resources to maximize reforestation efforts.

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    Ric Mayer, Community Forestry Recovery Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation, grew up as a volunteer tagging along with his father.  Back in 1999 he walked from Iowa to Arkansas calling attention to the declining prairie ecosystem under the umbrella of the Grasslands Coalition.  He helped develope and establish fledgling linear parks with Ozark greenways in Greene County Missuori, creating and utilizing TreeKeeper and Trailwatch volunteer groups recreating native habitat along urban trails.  Now Ric is helping rebuild Joplin and Dusquesne's treescape.

    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

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