The Jefferson City Housing Authority plans to plant nearly 75 trees in a neighborhood after receiving a grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Housing Authority received $10,000 from the MDC Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance grant program, which provides funding to public schools, nonprofit organizations and government agencies to plant and manage trees. The MDC awarded almost $383,000 to Missouri communities through the program, according to a press release.
The Housing Authority will use the $10,000 to plant about 73 trees, including maples, oaks and locusts, on Dulle Street in the spring.
“We’re just very excited because we think trees will improve the look and feel of the neighborhood and add to the health of the neighborhood,” Housing Authority Executive Director Cynthia Quetsch said. “There’s plenty of statistics that say that people who live by trees are happier and healthier. It’ll also will make the area, especially Dulle Street, look so much better when they are there.”
On Thursday, the Housing Authority planted trees at the end of the cul-de-sac at Buena Vista Street. Those trees were donated by Forest ReLeaf of Missouri in St. Louis.