In the words of Mark Grueber of the Missouri Department of Conservation in his paper Tree Planting in Missouri:
Planting a tree has been described as the ultimate act of optimism and sharing — a meaningful opportunity to make a positive impact on our environment.
Trees dramatically improve the quality of our lives. They help make our communities more livable and more attractive. They provide us with a cleaner and cooler environment. They make an economic difference, saving us money in energy consumption, increasing property value and boosting business and tourism.
While the benefits of trees may be important, so is the act
of planting them. Planting requires forethought, planning and responsibility. …
With the above points in mind, this past Thursday Bob Baldwin of Public Works and other city workers, along with representatives of Viva Cuba, met with Mark Grueber of the Missouri Department of Conservation to discuss the future of Cuba’s trees and other plantings.
In the 70s and 80s, before the plantings took place, the entrance to Cuba on Hwy. 19 in Cuba was pretty dismal. Take a look at some of those previous scenes in this earlier blog. But community organizations and the city came together in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation to raise money for planting and landscaping. Now those plantings have matured, and it is time to take inventory of what the city has and make plans going forward.
Mr. Grueber will work with the city and thinks there may be grants available for management of Cuba’s trees. Management might include trimming or replacement of some trees or plantings if they are impeding power lines or have other problems.
The goal is to keep Cuba attractive and manage the community’s trees as an asset that contributes to the character and beauty of our town.