Northwest Missouri Man Given Missouri Arbor Award of Excellence

For more than 30 years, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Community Forestry Council have partnered to recognize Missourians who are outstanding stewards of community trees.

At this year’s Missouri Community Forestry Council Conference, a new group of recipients was given the Missouri Arbor Awards of Excellence.

Nominations for this year’s awards were evaluated based on sustainability, innovation, the use of sound tree management principles, the impact on the community, and the effectiveness of the activity.

Statewide, a total of five award winners were recognized.

In our listening area, David Ball won in the individual category.

Ball spends his days working for a local non-profit organization, but he always finds time to help with planting projects.

This includes serving on the St. Joseph tree board and helping to revise the City of St. Joseph’s tree ordinance.

Ball has also coordinated planting projects for other non-profits and city divisions.

He has made it his mission to remove invasive bush honeysuckle in city parks.

He works with the parks director to identify the problem areas and organizes workers to do the work.

In the past couple of years, David has worked on multiple projects removing invasives and helped plant 30 trees in five different pocket parks throughout St. Joseph.