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.
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.learn more
heartland tree alliance FY 18-19 accomplishments
volunteer hours worked
citizens trained as TreeKeepers & OrchardKeepers
youth educated about trees
VOLUNTEER with HTA
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.
1,800 people volunteer with BTG each year. Be part of the movement!find volunteer opportunities
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.request a speaker
HTA Steering Committee
NC and NE District Community Forester
Kansas Forest Service
Horticulture and Forestry Supervisor
City of Leawood Kansas
University of Missouri Extension
Missouri Department of Conservation
Belton Tree Board Member/Volunteer
Park Maintenance Crew Leader
City of Lenexa Kansas
Horticulture Extension Agent
Kansas State Extension Services
Small Business Owner
Kansas City Missouri
Missouri Department of Conservation
Transmission and Distribution Vegetation Manager
Kansas City Power & Light
Associate Vice President, Landscape Architect
Gould Evans Architects
Heartland Tree Alliance Staff
- Sarah Crowder
Program Manager, ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist SO-5327AM
- Joe Wheelock
- Erin Bopp
Community Outreach Specialist
- Ben Carpenter
- Kate Fowler
- Amanda Gehin
Educator and Workday Coordinator
hta sponsors + partners
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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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