program mission

The mission of Heartland Tree Alliance is to engage people of the Greater Kansas City region to take action and advocate for a healthy community forest.

Heartland Tree Alliance educates people about all the critically important benefits created by urban trees, why these trees need extra care, and the proper ways to give them that care. We also organize planting events, pruning events and tree care workdays so people can get involved.

Since 2005, HTA volunteers have donated over 13,000 hours of time! The efforts put forth from these volunteers has enabled HTA to plant 17,874 trees, prune 3,264, and maintain an additional 2,527 trees by mulching or removing tree stakes.

heartland tree alliance projects

Learn more about how you can get involved with Heartland Tree Alliance.

Contribute to ourTREE FUND

Shape the future of our region's urban tree canopy by making a donation to the Heartland Tree Alliance's Tree Fund.

Every dollar donated supports efforts across the metropolitan region.

The Heartland Tree Alliance's Tree Fund supports tre planting events and education programs across the Kansas City region. Once your city's fund reaches $1,000 we will coordinate a volunteer planting events with your city forester.

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heartland tree alliance 2016 accomplishments

  • Accomplishment Logo 2,440

    volunteer hours worked

  • Accomplishment Logo 4,177

    trees planted

  • Accomplishment Logo 64

    citizens trained as TreeKeepers

  • Accomplishment Logo 180

    youth educated about trees


Join us in creating a sustainable community.

Calling all tree lovers! Volunteer with Bridging The Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) program! At our workdays, we explain why it’s important to maintain and increase our urban tree canopy, then we split into small groups to prune, plant or mulch small trees. We work throughout the metropolitan area, on both sides of the state line.

1,500 people volunteer with BTG each year. Be part of the movement!

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Heartland Tree Alliance can provide a speaker for your next meeting! Our presentations are designed for neighborhood associations, businesses, and other groups in the Kansas City region.

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HTA Steering Committee

Kim Bomberger

NC and NE District Community Forester
Kansas Forest Service

Dustin Branick

Horticulture and Forestry Supervisor
City of Leawood Kansas

Corey Creed

Horticulture Specialist
University of Missouri Extension

Chuck Conner

Community Forester
Missouri Department of Conservation

Leslie Dick

Belton Tree Board Member/Volunteer
Belton Missouri

Jared Lind

Park Maintenance Crew Leader
City of Lenexa Kansas

Lynn Loughary

Horticulture Extension Agent
Kansas State Extension Services

Janese Reed

Small Business Owner
Kansas City Missouri

Wendy Sangster

Community Forester
Missouri Department of Conservation

Jim Summers

Kansas City Missouri

Geoff Vossen

Transmission and Distribution Vegetation Manager
Kansas City Power & Light

Robert Whitman

Associate Vice President, Landscape Architect
Gould Evans Architects

Chris Wilson

Open Space Manager
City of Liberty Missouri

Heartland Tree Alliance Staff

  • Sarah Crowder

    Program Manager, ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist SO-5327AM

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