Monthly Tree Reminders: May
May
1
to May 30

Monthly Tree Reminders: May

May

  • While temperatures stay mild and cool, it is still time to plant containerized trees.

  • If the skies have not been providing moisture, check the ground 4-6” deep around mature trees and water if the soil is dry. Keep newly planted trees watered regularly.

  • Prune branches that are dead, dying, damaged and diseased. Remove vertical suckers from the crown of the tree and at the base of the tree trunk.

  • Renew decomposed mulch with a 2-3” layer of new mulch to diminish weeds that are beginning to grow, to keep soil temperature cool and constant and to keep mowers and trimmers at a distance.

  • As trees begin to leaf out, check foliage and branch tips for any signs of nutrition deficiency such as stunted growth, smaller-than-normal leaf size, poor leaf color, early leaf drop and thinning foliage. Other factors may be contributing to these symptoms. Before applying fertilizer, consult a certified arborist or Missoula County Weed District & Extension for guidance.

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"Trees and Climate Change: Think Globally" on MCAT
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

"Trees and Climate Change: Think Globally" on MCAT

  • Missoula Community Access Television (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join UM professor of Forest Landscape Ecology, Solomon Dobrowski as he delves into the historical and global relationship between trees and climate.

How are trees influenced by climate? How has the understanding of forests improved with modern technologies, and what has been learned about forests and climate change by looking back in time through the fossil record?

Take a biogeographic tour of forests around the globe to learn about their diversity and the striking similarities in their response to climate change.

Tune into MCAT to watch!

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"Trees and Climate Change: Think Globally"  on MCAT
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

"Trees and Climate Change: Think Globally" on MCAT

  • Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join UM professor of Forest Landscape Ecology, Solomon Dobrowski as he delves into the historical and global relationship between trees and climate.

How are trees influenced by climate? How has the understanding of forests improved with modern technologies, and what has been learned about forests and climate change by looking back in time through the fossil record?

Take a biogeographic tour of forests around the globe to learn about their diversity and the striking similarities in their response to climate change.

Tune into MCAT to watch!

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"Trees and Climate Change: Act Locally" on MCAT
Jun
5
7:00 PM19:00

"Trees and Climate Change: Act Locally" on MCAT

  • Missoula Community Access Television (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Panelists representing urban forestry and climate will discuss the current state of Missoula’s urban forest and how it’s affected by a changing climate, and the beneficial relationship between the urban forest and our water resources.

The panel will also focus on Missoula’s drier, hotter, longer summers: what the community is doing and what each of us can do to stem the effects of climate change.

Moderator: Karen Sippy, Executive Director, Trees for Missoula

Panelists: Nick Silverman, Research Scientist, University of Montana

                   Jamie Kirby, MT State Urban & Community Forester, DNRC

                   Amy Cilimburg, Executive Director, Climate Smart Missoula

Watch on MCAT!

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"Trees and Climate Change: Act Locally" on MCAT
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

"Trees and Climate Change: Act Locally" on MCAT

  • Missoula Community Access Television (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Panelists representing urban forestry and climate will discuss the current state of Missoula’s urban forest and how it’s affected by a changing climate, and the beneficial relationship between the urban forest and our water resources.

The panel will also focus on Missoula’s drier, hotter, longer summers: what the community is doing and what each of us can do to stem the effects of climate change.

Moderator: Karen Sippy, Executive Director, Trees for Missoula

Panelists: Nick Silverman, Research Scientist, University of Montana

                   Jamie Kirby, MT State Urban & Community Forester, DNRC

                   Amy Cilimburg, Executive Director, Climate Smart Missoula

Watch on MCAT!

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Monthly Tree Reminders: June
Jun
30
to Jul 29

Monthly Tree Reminders: June

June

  • Stop planting trees once the weather becomes hot and dry. Wait until early fall for more favorable conditions for successful transplanting.

  • Continue regular watering of newly planted trees. If there has been little to no precipitation in the past month, check soil moisture around mature trees at a depth of 4-6”. If it is dry, time to water.

  • Prune branches that are clearly dead, dying, damaged or diseased. If a branch is bare, do not assume it is dead. If it can be bent, it is most likely a living branch.

  • Protect tree trunks from damage caused by mowers and weed trimmers with a ring of mulch or caging.

  • Keep an eye out for signs of insects or disease. Not all insects are pests. Consult Missoula County Weed District & Extension’s website at www.missoulaeduplace.org for more information.

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Monthly Tree Reminders: July
Jul
1
to Jul 30

Monthly Tree Reminders: July

July

  • Continue regular watering of newly planted trees.

  • July, August and September are traditionally Missoula’s hottest and driest months. Be sure to check soil moisture at a 4-6” depth within the tree’s root zone. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water. 

  • If trees are damaged during strong summer storms, consult a certified arborist to evaluate and correct any wounds vulnerable to insect or disease entry. Remove any hanging or dangerous limbs and branches.

  • Keep trees protected from mower and weed trimmer damage with a large mulch ring or caging.

  • Keep an eye out for signs of insects or disease. Not all insects are pests. Consult Missoula County Weed District & Extension’s website at www.missoulaeduplace.org for more information.

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Monthly Tree Reminders: August
Aug
1
to Aug 30

Monthly Tree Reminders: August

August

  • Continue regular watering of newly planted trees.

  • If you notice signs of drought stress: wilting leaves, scorched leaves on the outer and top of canopy (the leaves furthest from the water); crown dieback from the edges and top, the trees needs water.

  • Keep an eye out for signs of insects or disease. Not all insects are pests. Consult Missoula County Weed District & Extension’s website at www.missoulaeduplace.org for more information.

  • Only remove dead, dying, damaged or diseased branches at this time.

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Presentation of the Missoula's Downtown DRAFT Master Plan
May
22
5:30 PM17:30

Presentation of the Missoula's Downtown DRAFT Master Plan

Trees are essential for a healthy and vibrant downtown!

Please attend the presentation or go to missoulasdowntownmasterplan.com and speak for the importance of trees in Missoula’s downtown.

Missoula is in the process of updating its Downtown Missoula Master Plan. The Master Plan Update will serve to guide decisions over the next 10 years impacting the city’s historic downtown and adjoining neighborhoods. The critical study areas include: (1) Land Use, (2) Transportation, (3) Downtown Housing, (4) Parking, (5) Street Design Standards, and (6) Retail and Commercial Business Development.

Everyone is invited to participate. Make your voice heard by providing feedback through MindMixer by clicking here. The best master plans are those that involve large and diverse community input.

To find out more about the importance of trees in our community, go to treesformissoula.org/learn

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Last Day for Public Comment on new draft Tree and Boulevard Ordinances
May
21
7:00 AM07:00

Last Day for Public Comment on new draft Tree and Boulevard Ordinances

Today is the last day to email comments to citytrees@ci.missoula.mt.us!

Now is the time to speak on behalf of the trees and our urban forest!

Please take the time to send in comments.

City Forester Chris Boza says the current regulations, found in MMC chapters 12.48 and 12.32, were written decades ago and need to be updated to reflect current trends in City planning and urban forest management. “These ordinances affect everyone, including renters, property owners, developers and home builders. We’re seeking to clarify how boulevards should be maintained, what types of vegetation may be planted and where, and how boulevards can best be developed to create safe, welcoming streets and sidewalks. Most importantly, the proposed regulations will set us on a path to renew and revitalize our aging urban forest,” Boza says. Title 12 of the municipal code governs streets, sidewalks and public places, Chapter 12.32 covers street trees, and Chapter 12.48 regulates boulevards.

The May 9 workshop was the first step in a public process. After gathering public comment at the workshop and through emails, City staff will draft new ordinances and forward them to the City Attorney and City Council for review and consideration. The City Council is required to approve all City ordinances, and will accept public comment throughout the approval process.

Boza says the proposed changes will make boulevard and public tree regulations more understandable and user-friendly. “Most property owners don’t even realize they have a responsibility to maintain adjacent boulevards,” Boza says. “We’re working together with citizens to streamline these regulations and make them clear and consistent across the board.”

For more information, call 721-PARK (7275) or visit www.missoulaparks.org.

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City of Missoula Tree and Boulevard Ordinance Update - Public Workshop
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

City of Missoula Tree and Boulevard Ordinance Update - Public Workshop

The City of Missoula Urban Forestry Division invites residents to a public workshop to update City street tree and boulevard ordinances on Thursday, May 9. Please attend!

Staff will present proposed changes to Title 12 of the Missoula Municipal Code (MMC) on May 9 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 140 W. Pine.

City Forester Chris Boza says the current regulations, found in MMC chapters 12.48 and 12.32, were written decades ago and need to be updated to reflect current trends in City planning and urban forest management. “These ordinances affect everyone, including renters, property owners, developers and home builders. We’re seeking to clarify how boulevards should be maintained, what types of vegetation may be planted and where, and how boulevards can best be developed to create safe, welcoming streets and sidewalks. Most importantly, the proposed regulations will set us on a path to renew and revitalize our aging urban forest,” Boza says. Title 12 of the municipal code governs streets, sidewalks and public places, Chapter 12.32 covers street trees, and Chapter 12.48 regulates boulevards.

The May 9 workshop is the first step in a public process. After gathering public comment at the workshop, City staff will draft new ordinances and forward them to the City Attorney and City Council for review and consideration. The City Council is required to approve all City ordinances, and will accept public comment throughout the approval process.

Boza says the proposed changes will make boulevard and public tree regulations more understandable and user-friendly. “Most property owners don’t even realize they have a responsibility to maintain adjacent boulevards,” Boza says. “We’re working together with citizens to streamline these regulations and make them clear and consistent across the board.”

For more information, call 721-PARK (7275) or visit www.missoulaparks.org.

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Arbor Day at the Arboretum
Apr
26
12:15 PM12:15

Arbor Day at the Arboretum

  • University of Montana - The Root - State of Montana Arboretum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for an Arbor Day celebration at The Root* - the State of Montana’s Arboretum interpretive spac

12:15 pm - Welcome to Arbor Day – Annie Garde, MTPR Pea Green Boat

  • State of Montana Arboretum History, Former Montana Senator and UM History Professor Harry Fritz

  • Arbor Day Proclamation and remarks – UM President Seth Bodnar

  • Dedication of New Arboretum Interpretive Signage – Tom DeLuca, Dean, Franke College of Forestry and Conservation

12:45 - Parade to Arbor Day Tree Planting at Eck Hall

1:15 - Arboretum Tours meet at The Root.

*The Root is the new interpretive space for the State of Montana Arboretum at UM. It is located north of Main Hall and west of University Center (UC).

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"Trees and Climate Change - Act Locally" - Panel Discussion
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

"Trees and Climate Change - Act Locally" - Panel Discussion

  • University of Montana - Interdisciplinary Science Building, Rm 110 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Panelists representing urban forestry and climate will discuss the current state of Missoula’s urban forest and how it’s affected by a changing climate, and the beneficial relationship between the urban forest and our water resources.

The panel will also focus on Missoula’s drier, hotter, longer summers: what the community is doing and what each of us can do to stem the effects of climate change.

Moderator: Karen Sippy, Executive Director, Trees for Missoula

Panelists: Nick Silverman, Research Scientist, University of Montana

                   Jamie Kirby, MT State Urban & Community Forester, DNRC

                   Amy Cilimburg, Executive Director, Climate Smart Missoula

Join us at the University of Montana - Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) Rm 110

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Community Arboretum Night @ KettleHouse 3 Bonner Taproom
Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Community Arboretum Night @ KettleHouse 3 Bonner Taproom

Join us for Community Arboretum Night benefitting your State of Montana Arboretum at Bonner Kettlehouse 3 - with Chameleon Mobile Kitchen.

Bring your friends for good beer, good food and cool raffle prizes for a great cause - the State of Montana Arboretum at the University of Montana.

Thanks to KettleHouse for donating a portion of beer proceeds to the Arboretum!

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"Trees and Climate Change - Think Globally" Presentation
Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

"Trees and Climate Change - Think Globally" Presentation

Presentation by Solomon Dobrowski, UM Professor of Forest Landscape Ecology

How are trees influenced by climate? How has the understanding of forests improved with modern technologies, and what has been learned about forests and climate change by looking back in time through the fossil record?

Take a biogeographic tour of forests around the globe to learn about their diversity and the striking similarities in their response to climate change.

Join us at the University of Montana - Interdisciplinary Science Building, Rm 110

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Monthly Tree Reminders: April
Apr
1
to Apr 30

Monthly Tree Reminders: April

April

  • Celebrate Arbor Month!

  • Register for Run for the Trees at www.runwildmissoula.org.

  • Plant containerized and ball-and-burlap trees. Water thoroughly and mulch.

  • Check the soil moisture in tree root zones. If April’s showers are not providing enough moisture to reach tree roots, water trees.

  • Prune branches that are dead, dying, damaged and diseased. Remove vertical suckers from the crown of the tree and at the base of the tree trunk.

  • The grass is growing! Protect tree trunks from damage caused by mowers and weed trimmers with a ring of mulch or caging.

  • Keep an eye out for pests, such as aphids, and treat accordingly. For pest identification and advice, please visit Missoula County Weed District & Extension’s website at www.missoulaeduplace.org for more information.

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Monthly Tree Reminders: March
Mar
1
to Mar 31

Monthly Tree Reminders: March

March

  • Plant bare root trees as soon as the ground has thawed. Water thoroughly and mulch.

  • If there has been little to no precipitation, water trees. Trees planted the previous fall are more vulnerable to desiccation during dry, windy conditions.

  • Continue winter pruning except on the trees that “bleed” (maple, elm, aspen, birch) until the temperatures are above freezing.

  • Register for Run for the Trees at www.runwildmissoula.org.

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Monthly Tree Reminders: February
Feb
1
to Feb 28

Monthly Tree Reminders: February

February

  • On sunny, warm days, check the soil moisture 4-6” deep around your trees’ root zones to see if they need winter watering, especially if there has been inadequate rain or snow. Water when the temperatures are above freezing and the ground is not frozen solid.

  • Gently remove heavy snow and ice from branches with an upward sweep of a broom or rake to prevent branches from breaking under the weight.

  • Continue winter pruning except on the trees that “bleed” (maple, elm, aspen, birch) until the temperatures are above freezing.

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Monthly Tree Reminders: January
Jan
1
to Jan 31

Monthly Tree Reminders: January

January

  • During dry winter spells, when the temperatures are above freezing and the ground is unfrozen, be sure to water the fall-planted trees. Mature trees could use the water as well.

  • Plan spring tree planting using the Right Tree in the Right Place principles.

  • Order bare-root trees for spring planting.

  • Continue winter pruning to establish a healthy form and structure.

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Monthly Tree Reminders: December
Dec
1
to Dec 31

Monthly Tree Reminders: December

December

  • During extensive dry periods, check soil moisture at 4-6” depth. If necessary, water early in the day when temperatures are above freezing.

  • If a newly planted tree is exposed to strong winter winds, either stake the tree for the winter or construct a burlap barrier.

  • Plan spring tree planting using the Right Tree in the Right Place principles.

  • Begin winter pruning to create a healthy canopy. To learn more about pruning, click here.

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Volunteers in Pruning (VIPs) Training Class
Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteers in Pruning (VIPs) Training Class

Missoula’s Urban Forestry Division and Trees for Missoula need your help caring for our community’s young trees.

Missoula Volunteers in Pruning (VIP) is a program developed to train Missoula citizens on the skills of Formative Pruning.

Formative pruning young trees enables them to develop functional and durable branch structures that in maturity will be free from major physical weaknesses and able to support the flow of nutrients and energy reserves.

Help our young city trees become healthy, mature trees that provide many benefits to our community. Learn proper pruning techniques, the five-step method and optimal pruning timing. 

Learn proper pruning techniques, the five-step method and optimal pruning timing.

Find more information about the VIP program here.

When:  Saturday, Nov. 3 or Nov. 10, 2018

  • 9 am – noon - Indoor class and lab

  • Sack lunch

  • 1 pm - 4 pm - Outdoor class and lab

Location:

Missoula Parks & Recreation

100 Hickory

Missoula, MT 59801

Requirements:

  • Fee = 25 volunteer hours pruning city trees (no time restriction)

  • Materials for note-taking

  • Gloves for pruning


Provided:

  • Informational handouts

  • Pruning tools and safety equipment

Space is limited, so register soon! 

Reply to Karen Sippy at Karen.Sippy@treesformissoula.org

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VIP Fall and Winter Pruning
Nov
7
to Feb 27

VIP Fall and Winter Pruning

Wednesdays, beginning November 7, 2018.

1 pm to 4 pm - Meeting location will be announced each week.

Trained VIPs will continue formative pruning Missoula’s young trees Wednesday afternoons.

Since 2015, VIPs have pruned over 1,765 trees! Thank you!

Contact Marie Anderson at manderson@ci.missoula.mt.us to schedule.

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Monthly Tree Reminders: November
Nov
4
to Dec 3

Monthly Tree Reminders: November

November

  • Only plant trees if the ground remains unfrozen. Water thoroughly and mulch planting area.

  • Continue regular watering of newly planted trees until the ground freezes.

  • Water mature trees if there has been no rain or snow to provide moisture. Check for soil moisture 4-6” deep.

  • Prune dead, dying, damaged and diseases branches.

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Volunteers in Pruning (VIPs) Training Class
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

Volunteers in Pruning (VIPs) Training Class

Missoula’s Urban Forestry Division and Trees for Missoula need your help caring for our community’s young trees.

Missoula Volunteers in Pruning (VIP) is a program developed to train Missoula citizens on the skills of Formative Pruning.

Formative pruning young trees enables them to develop functional and durable branch structures that in maturity will be free from major physical weaknesses and able to support the flow of nutrients and energy reserves.

Help our young city trees become healthy, mature trees that provide many benefits to our community. Learn proper pruning techniques, the five-step method and optimal pruning timing. 

Learn proper pruning techniques, the five-step method and optimal pruning timing.

Find more information about the VIP program here.

When:  Saturday, Nov. 3 or Nov. 10, 2018

  • 9 am – noon - Indoor class and lab

  • Sack lunch

  • 1 pm - 4 pm - Outdoor class and lab

Location:

Missoula Parks & Recreation

100 Hickory

Missoula, MT 59801

Requirements:

  • Fee = 25 volunteer hours pruning city trees (no time restriction)

  • Materials for note-taking

  • Gloves for pruning


Provided:

  • Informational handouts

  • Pruning tools and safety equipment

Space is limited, so register soon! 

Reply to Karen Sippy at Karen.Sippy@treesformissoula.org

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Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting
Oct
12
1:00 PM13:00

Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting

Celebrate Neighborwoods Month* while helping to reforest Missoula’s Franklin to the Fort and Westside Neighborhoods

When/Where:
Friday, Oct 12 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet at corner of Sherwood and Cowper

Bring/Wear: Work gloves, sturdy shoes, be prepared for weather

Come out and join in on the fun of planting trees on one, two or all three days!

*Every October, towns and cities across the country celebrate trees and all they do. Tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—keeping their neighborhoods vibrant.

Thank you for helping us celebrate Neighborwoods Month and our urban forest in Missoula!

Do you have a group that would like to schedule or join a tree-planting event? To become a tree-planting volunteer and for more information, contact: Karen.Sippy@treesformissoula.org

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Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting
Oct
5
1:00 PM13:00

Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting

Celebrate Neighborwoods Month* while helping to reforest Missoula’s Franklin to the Fort and Westside Neighborhoods

When/Where:
Friday, September 28 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet at 1861 S. 12th St. West (corner of Grant and 12th)

Saturday, September 29 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet at 1861 S. 12th St. West (corner of Grant and 12th)

Friday, October 5 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meeting location TBA

Bring/Wear: Work gloves, sturdy shoes, be prepared for weather

Come out and join in on the fun of planting trees on one, two or all three days!

*Every October, towns and cities across the country celebrate trees and all they do. Tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—keeping their neighborhoods vibrant.

Thank you for helping us celebrate Neighborwoods Month and our urban forest in Missoula!

Do you have a group that would like to schedule or join a tree-planting event? To become a tree-planting volunteer and for more information, contact: Karen.Sippy@treesformissoula.org

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Monthly Tree Reminders: October
Oct
1
to Oct 31

Monthly Tree Reminders: October

October

  • Plant trees before the ground freezes!

  • Place a 4-inch layer of mulch a few inches away from the trunk to keep soil temperatures constant throughout the year, to retain soil moisture and to eliminate competitive weeds.

  • Continue regular watering of newly planted trees until the ground freezes.

  • Water mature deciduous and conifer trees if the ground is dry 4-6” down.

  • Prune dead, dying, damaged and diseased branches while they are still identifiable.

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Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting
Sep
29
1:00 PM13:00

Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting

Celebrate Neighborwoods Month* while helping to reforest Missoula’s Franklin to the Fort and Westside Neighborhoods

When/Where:
Friday, September 28 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet at 1861 S. 12th St. West (corner of Grant and 12th)

Saturday, September 29 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet at 1861 S. 12th St. West (corner of Grant and 12th)

Friday, October 5 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meeting location TBA

Bring/Wear: Work gloves, sturdy shoes, be prepared for weather

Come out and join in on the fun of planting trees on one, two or all three days!

*Every October, towns and cities across the country celebrate trees and all they do. Tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—keeping their neighborhoods vibrant.

Thank you for helping us celebrate Neighborwoods Month and our urban forest in Missoula!

Do you have a group that would like to schedule or join a tree-planting event? To become a tree-planting volunteer and for more information, contact: Karen.Sippy@treesformissoula.org

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Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting
Sep
28
1:00 PM13:00

Neighborwoods Month: Volunteer Tree Planting

Celebrate Neighborwoods Month* while helping to reforest Missoula’s Franklin to the Fort and Westside Neighborhoods

When/Where:
Friday, September 28 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet at 1861 S. 12th St. West (corner of Grant and 12th)

Saturday, September 29 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meet at 1861 S. 12th St. West (corner of Grant and 12th)

Friday, October 5 – 1 pm to 4 pm
Meeting location TBA

Bring/Wear: Work gloves, sturdy shoes, be prepared for weather

Come out and join in on the fun of planting trees on one, two or all three days!

*Every October, towns and cities across the country celebrate trees and all they do. Tens of thousands of volunteers take action to make their communities greener and healthier by planting trees—keeping their neighborhoods vibrant.

Thank you for helping us celebrate Neighborwoods Month and our urban forest in Missoula!

Do you have a group that would like to schedule or join a tree-planting event? To become a tree-planting volunteer and for more information, contact: Karen.Sippy@treesformissoula.org

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Monthly Tree Reminders: September
Sep
1
to Sep 30

Monthly Tree Reminders: September

September:

  • Continue regular watering of newly planted trees.

  • Water established trees during periods of drought.

  • Only prune dead, dying, damaged and diseased branches at this time.

  • Protect trees from deer/elk rub and from rodents eating the bark.

  • Check here to volunteer to plant trees in October.

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