Trees

Tree People: Bridget Tolle

The field of arboriculture includes many career pathways, from nursery management to urban forestry to tree climbing. Heartland Tree Alliance is fortunate to have many friends (“Tree People”) in the field. We recently chatted with one of our friends, Bridget Tolle, Urban Forestry Specialist for Prairie Village, Kansas about her experiences and insight in the … Continued

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Trees are Medicine

Trees are beneficial in so many ways, including improving human health. Trees can filter the air we breathe, reduce heat-related illness, provide us with nutritious food, speed up the recovery process, improve immune systems and encourage us to go outside and engage in recreational activities or socialize with neighbors. In addition to all of those … Continued

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Tools for pruning small trees

There are a variety of tools that can be used for pruning, from hand pruners to chainsaws. We’ll share which tools Heartland Tree Alliance uses while pruning young trees in Kansas City.  A word to the wise: Pruning is intentional wounding for a specific purpose. Improper pruning can severely damage, stress or even kill trees. … Continued

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Top 5 Reasons to be an Arborist

According to Kansas City area arborists  Last week, the Heartland Tree Alliance team attended the 66th annual Shade Tree Conference hosted by the Kansas Arborists Association. This event brings together tree care professionals, arborists, foresters and friends from Kansas and surrounding states to catch up and learn.  We asked some Kansas Certified Arborists why they … Continued

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Join BTG as an AmeriCorps VISTA!

Our Heartland Tree Alliance program is partnering with UMKC to hire an AmeriCorps Social Justice and Community Engagement VISTA this fall. Could it be you? This position will serve an important role in setting HTA’s focus areas for future tree planting efforts. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and degree verification to shannon.r.wheeler@umkc.edu. Additional … Continued

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Vote for BTG with Target Circle!

We are honored and excited to announce that Bridging The Gap has been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have a chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us! Now through June 30, vote for us through the Target Circle program to help … Continued

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When Green Means Curbside Pickup: Supporting Kan

  By Ben Carpenter, HTA Program Associate   My little brother is getting married in July. I know, poor timing. If only he had considered the possibility of a global pandemic upsetting his years-long engagement. However, the show must go on, albeit from a distance. This is a situation in which a thoughtful gift from … Continued

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COMPOSTING FOR OUR FUTURE

By Ami Freeberg, Volunteer Program Manager This week, May 3-9, 2020, we celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, a global initiative to educate and inspire people about composting. I grew up composting in a big pile at the back of our large backyard garden – piling food scraps and grass clippings together to break down and … Continued

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Earth week series – 5

The best time to plant a tree is now. The Arbor Day Foundation provides resources to individuals who are interested in doing so, including where to find free or low cost trees in your area and tips about how to plant your tree so it thrive. For those interested in fruit trees are another excellent … Continued

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Earth week series – 4

    By John Fish, Litter Abatement Program Coordinator and Recycling Center Manager There’s no getting around the fact that our lives have been upended by this pandemic. We had forgotten just how much havoc something unseeable with the naked eye can cause.  Although much of our ordinary life has been suspended by the need … Continued

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Earth week series – 3

    Each of us generate waste through practically everything we do, at an average rate of 4.51 pounds per day, according to the EPA (2017). Through the three R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle, that number can be greatly reduced.  Today we challenge you to think of ways you can reduce and reuse BEFORE you … Continued

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Earth Week Series – 2

    By James Joerke, Associate Executive Director With many of us spending more time at home these days, it’s the perfect time to take action to make your home more energy efficient. These simple steps will make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills. Install a programmable thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat … Continued

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Earth Week Series – 1

    Quarantine isolation leaves many people feeling trapped inside, not able to enjoy nature as regularly as one may desire.  However, the benefits of walking outside every day are proven to help keep you healthy. Your mood will improve. You’ll feel more creative. You’ll lower your risk of lung cancer. Your skin will look … Continued

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3 steps you can take for bees in your garden

 By Joe Wheelock, HTA Program Coordinator   Feeling cooped up? Need to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine?  Now is a great time to take some simple actions around your home to help protect and conserve bees! Everyone knows the European Honey Bee, but did you know there are about 4,000 species of … Continued

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Drawdown

By Kristin Riott Executive Director, Bridging The Gap   If you, like me, have been worried about climate change for a long time, the publication of the book Drawdown is a deep draught of water during a long walk through the desert:  you can go on with renewed hope and vigor.  Drawdown, edited by leading … Continued

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Tree Transpiration – how does it work?

  Tree transpiration is the process by which moisture (water) is carried through the tree from the roots to small pores on the underside of leaves. There it changes into vapor and is released into the atmosphere. About 10 percent of the moisture in the atmosphere is released by trees and plants through this process … Continued

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Trees damaged by storm

In recent weeks, Kansas City has seen multiple storm events that caused damage to our tree canopy. Whether it be wind or snow, this damage can have lasting effects to the structural integrity of trees in your yard. It is important that you follow a few steps to ensure the safety of yourself and your … Continued

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Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Lunch

On January 17, 2019 Bridging The Gap honored our volunteers with a volunteer appreciation luncheon held at the Kauffman Conference Center. This event was a rare and unique opportunity to gather BTG volunteers across all programs into one room, thanks to a volunteer appreciation grant from Cargill Cares!  The lunch was sold-out, with more than … Continued

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