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 FY 17-18 accomplishments

  • Accomplishment Logo 3,426

    volunteer hours worked

  • Accomplishment Logo 7,330

    trees planted

  • Accomplishment Logo 58

    citizens trained as TreeKeepers & OrchardKeepers

  • Accomplishment Logo 1,175

    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.

1,600 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

  • Matt VanderMolen

    Program Associate

  • Erin Bopp

    Program Assistant

hta sponsors + partners

What's happening now

Volunteer: Plant Trees in the Northland

Great Opportunity for Northlanders! Woodneath Neighborhood Tree Planting Near I-35 and 152 Highway Kansas City, MO 64157 Two Dates to Choose From! Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM – Noon   Sign Up Saturday, November 10, 9:00 AM – Noon Sign Up Volunteer with Heartland Tree Alliance to plant street trees in the Woodneath neighborhood in the … Continued

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Volunteer: Shoal Creek Tree Planting

Great Corporate Opportunity! Riparian Tree Planting Pleasant Valley Skate Park, Shoal Creek Kansas City, MO 64119 Two Dates to Choose From! Tues, Nov 13, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Sign Up Fri, Dec 7, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Sign Up Looking for a fun team-building outdoor experience? Volunteer with our Heartland Tree Alliance program to plant … Continued

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“Pruning for Beginners” Workshops Of

Want to know the “right” way to prune those small trees around your home? Looking for a new way to give back to the community and like pruning trees? Our new “Pruning for Beginners” course might be just for you. Heartland Tree Alliance (HTA) is offering a new 2-hour course on basic tree pruning skills … Continued

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Spreading it on too thick?

Over-application of fertilizers is a source of water pollution. Use the proper amount of fertilizer to keep your lawn green and prevent algae blooms in our lakes and streams.It’s a waste of money to apply fertilizer to your lawn if it doesn’t need it. The only way to know how much fertilizer your lawn needs … Continued

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