City plants 300 trees on new Greenway Trail loop

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Last week, the City of Cassville began planting 300 trees along the new portion of the Cassville Greenway Trail, which extends the walkway around three-quarters of a mile southeast of the South Park. Trees that will be placed along the new portion of the greenway trail over the next two weeks included American Sycamore, Redbud, Oak and River Burch. Pictured above, are public works employees Tyson Getman and Keith Gregory. Democrat Photo

Cassville public works employees began planting 300 trees southeast of the city's South Park last week. The trees are being planted along the pathway that has extended Cassville's Greenway Trail by around three-quarters of a mile.

"This is the third year that we have participated in this program," said Kenny Schieler, parks foreman. "Project CommuniTree gives trees to public entities to plant on public grounds."

The Cassville Greenway Trail is now shaded by some of the trees that were planted over the last two years, said Schieler. Some of the trees have reached heights of 10 to 15 feet.

"We have had good success with these trees," said Schieler. "They try to give us trees that are native to Missouri. I think all of the ones we received this year are native."

Schieler and Jeff Stockton, public works director, picked up the 300 trees on Sept. 17. Over the last few weeks, public works employees have watered and cared for the trees.

The Greenway Trail, where the trees are being planted, was scouted and surveyed before planting began this year. Schieler said trees will be positioned so that they will not damage electric lines in the future.

The trees being planted along the Greenway Trail include: American Sycamore; Redbud; Northern Red Oak; Bur Oak; Chinkapin Oak; Shumard Oak; Buck Brush; Nine Bark; Spice Bush; Witchhazel; and River Burch.

"It will probably take around two weeks to plant all of the trees," said Schieler.

After planting has been completed, mulch will be placed around the new trees to reduce weed and grass growth.

In addition to improving the extended portion of the Greenway Trail by planting the trees along the pathway, the city added gravel to the walk this year. That project cost around $2,800, said Stockton.

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