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Laredo Man Recognized

Submitted Photo  Mike Betz of Laredo, right, was honored for 25 years of participation with the American Tree Farm System at his farm on Tuesday July 29. Betz’s 25-acre tree farm is part of his 35 acre farm in southeast Grundy County near Laredo. The American Tree Farm System  is the world’s oldest sustainable forestry and certification program. It is committed to sustaining forests, watersheds and healthy habitats through the power of private stewardship. Betz has been a tree farmer since 1982. Nationwide there are 87,000 Tree Farms covering 26 million acres. Missouri now has 551 active Tree Farms containing 136,313 acres. During his participation in the Tree Farm program, Betz has conducted a number of woodland management practices that have improved forest productivity, wildlife habitat and soil health. These include tree plantings, forest stand thinnings, pruning, wildlife food plots, maintenance of trails, native grass plantings and prescribed burning. Pictured at left is Phil Sneed, resource forester with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Mike Betz of Laredo, right, was honored for 25 years of participation with the American Tree Farm System at his farm on Tuesday July 29. Betz’s 25-acre tree farm is part of his 35 acre farm in southeast Grundy County near Laredo. The American Tree Farm System is the world’s oldest sustainable forestry and certification program. It is committed to sustaining forests, watersheds and healthy habitats through the

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