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Green Horizons

Volume 22, Number 1
Winter 2018


26th Annual MCFC Conference

Mark your calendar for the

26th Annual MCFC Conference

March 12 - 15, 2018 in Columbia, MO


The 2018 MCFC conference will be a broad ranging examination of the idea that trees are valued as assets that benefit and support our communities in a myriad of different ways. The conference theme "Dollars and $ense of Trees" is a word play on this notion as we explore the innumerable methods we assign value and connect to our urban trees.

Examples of topics which will be addressed include: presentations on trees and human health, trees and stormwater mitigation, community food forests, and educational tree climbing. There will also be a special preconference workshop focusing on tree appraisal by renowned Consulting Arborist, James Komen.

Volunteers played a critical role in ensuring safety and fun at the 2017 Roots 'n Blues festival

Two concurrent site visits will be offered for the conference tour: The Arboretum option will visit Stephens Lake Park. Attendees will get a tour of various plant collections and learn how the park recently earned arboretum accreditation. The urban ecology option will visit collaborative stormwater projects along the MKT trail including the 3M wetland, a restoration project on the site of a former waste treatment site. Following the tours, both groups will join for a fun climb demonstration and 5K run/walk at Stephens Lake Park. Complete conference schedule available at

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