A grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation is helping maintain part of the Truman landscape and could lead to a future attraction for campus visitors.
Earlier this year, the University conducted a tree inventory that served as the first step in securing a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant. The purpose of the TRIM program, which is administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forestry Council and the U.S. Forest Service, is to provide financial assistance for the management, improvement or conservation of community forests.
The $9,725 grant, received by the University in June, will go primarily to cover the cost of the initial tree inventory and development of a management plan.
Luke Mudd, director of grounds, who secured the grant for Truman, said he would like to re-apply for another TRIM grant in two years with the hopes of creating a tree walk for campus visitors.
On the tree walk visitors could follow a map and see what history is available at each tree.
The inventory, conduced in March, counted 1,744 trees total, with the top three varieties consisting of Pin Oak (268), Crabapple (117) and White Pine (92).