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Trees given away in Joplin for Arbor Day

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Rain or shine, Arbor Day must go on, at least that was true in Joplin on Friday.

Residents braved the rain and cold to celebrate and grab a free treat thanks to Empire District Electric.

The variety of trees offered were specifically selected to help reforestation efforts in the Joplin area.

It's the fifth year Empire has partnered up with the City of Joplin and the Missouri Department of Conservation for the giveaway.

Foresters were on hand to offer planting advice and recommend planting smaller trees closer to the power lines rather than big trees.

Empire officials say homeowners could seek benefits from planting the right tree in the right place.

"In terms of energy efficiency benefits, the shade the trees provide in addition to providing reliable service, you know, when trees interfere with power lines it does impact service reliability and we know customers like to keep their lights on," says Julie Maus, Media Relations for Empire District Electric.

Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean accepted a plaque from the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing Joplin as a Tree City USA, a status that acknowledges cities for it's dedication to reforestation.

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