The Union board of aldermen last week agreed to work cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Conservation on a Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant.

The city will receive $8,970 to inventory trees in the natural area at Veterans Memorial Park.

The project’s goal is to help identify significant trees in the area and which trees should be protected, as well as any trees that may need to be removed.

With data from the inventory, the council will be able to develop a TRIM plan for the area.

Assistant City Administrator James Schmieder, who also is on the Urban Forestry Council, said that an inventory is important for sustainability and will add diversity to the park.

City Administrator Russell Rost noted that the city has received a TRIM grant in the past, but the city didn’t have the property at Veterans Memorial Park developed at the time of the last grant.

The competitive grant is a cost-sharing program provided and administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forestry Council and the United States Forest Service.

The total project cost is $11,870, of which the grant will cover 60 percent. The city will pay the remaining $2,900.

According to the grant, the project must be complete by May 4, 2018.

The goal of the TRIM grant program is to encourage communities to have a sustainable, balanced and comprehensive community forestry program and to promote community forestry benefits through proper management and care of trees.

It is available to governments, public schools and nonprofit groups for projects on publicly owned Missouri property.