NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE CITY OF JOPLIN
City installs educational graphics along Campbell ParkwaySince May 2013, the City of Joplin has been working with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center to install approximately 1,500 new trees and interpretive graphics along Campbell Parkway from 20th Street north along Murphy Boulevard to Dover Hill Park. This past spring Wildcat Glades was awarded $500,000 and applied the funding to help the City mitigate tree loss and topsoil erosion along Joplin Creek as part of the City’s stormwater management.
“Trees are not only beautiful, but also provide tangible benefits of holding soil in place and shading trails and parks along the creek corridor,” said Tony Robyn, City Disaster Recovery Coordinator. “To date, the City has installed nearly 12,000 new trees of the City’s 25,000 tree goal in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Department of Conservation, and other groups.
Along with the many new trees, visitors to the parkway will now see educational graphics developed with MDNR that address the benefits of trees and quality streams, especially Joplin Creek, which was heavily impacted by the May 2011 disaster. Graphic panels have been installed along Campbell Parkway’s Connecticut Street and Murphy Boulevard sections of the walking trail system. A demonstration wetland seep area has also been enhanced and protected with the intention of trail visitors, Audubon Center program participants, and other groups learning more about what the City and partners are doing to protect and enhance green space.
Installed trees are under contract care for one year which includes watering, pruning and replacement if needed.
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