Tree planting will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, April 28

“If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” Linnaeus, a roman philosopher

The march of time has taken its toll upon the native trees surrounding Mark Twain’s Birth Site. Decorative trees have died and need replacing around the monument commemorating the birth location of one of Missouri’s most known sons. Another massive, ancient tree was recently removed due to disease that had been pictured in a 1910 photo by Mark Twain’s biographer when he photographed the house in which Mark Twain was born as it originally stood where the granite monument is today in the photos included.

Missouri Parks will provide new trees to be planted. Volunteers are needed to help beautify the area where thousands of tourists visit in Monroe County annually.

The Friends of Florida in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Parks will sponsor a tree planting event on Saturday, April 28. The event will be located at the Florida city center, at termination of Highway U in downtown Florida at the Mark Twain Birth Site park. The planting will take place between 9 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact the State Park at 573-565-3440.