The Exeter Tree Board celebrated their 16th year in the Tree City USA program. The members are pictured above, from left to right. Front row: Jon Skinner, Community Forester Missouri Department of Conservation; Rusty Reed, Exeter mayor; Sherry Johnson, Exeter tree board president; Sheila Raney, Exeter tree board; Kelly Asbury, Exeter tree board; and Susan Sorensen, Exeter tree board. Back row: Kirk Wynns, certified arborist and consultant; and Jennifer Taylor, tree board member. Board member not pictured: Kerry Lewis.
April 22, 2015
Saturday marked the 20th year of Arbor Day celebrations for the City of Exeter. Each year on the third Saturday in April, the Exeter Tree Board plants a tree in the city and has a get together.
Twenty years ago, the group began by planting 37 trees throughout the city park and school and has planted at least one each year since. Exeter also earned the recognition as part of Tree City USA, a special recognition for cities participating in community forestry in the United States.
The Exeter Tree Board is a group of volunteers who get together four to six times a year to vote on issues related to community forestry and appropriate the funds allocated by the Exeter City Council for the new tree they plant each year.
Certified arborist and consultant Kirk Wynns has been helping the board since the first tree plantings 20 years ago. He also takes responsibility for ensuring that the trees get watered during droughts and planning where trees need to be planted. He also helps the board with a list of champion trees in the area, which are the largest and best of the species, and a survey of the trees already there.
Wynns said, “I just help guide them and lead them in the direction they need to go with their plans.”