The Trees of Treloar, made up exclusively of native Missouri trees, have been planted along and near the Treloar Trailhead on the Katy Trail. These new trees will provide shade and beauty for trail users, a habitat for wildlife and pollinators, and runoff control for a healthy watershed.

Before being cleared for today’s farm fields, the river bottom near Treloar was filled with large pecan, oak, and sycamore trees. Fruiting trees like serviceberry, persimmon, and pawpaw also provided food for native Americans and early settlers.

The Trees of Treloar is a place to promote Magnificent Missouri’s goal of reforesting areas along the Trail in collaboration with Forest ReLeaf. Now riders and walkers on the Trail will experience the Peers Prairie and the Trees of Treloar, along a short stretch of America’s longest cycling and walking path. (Learn more about the Country Store Corridor here.)

When you visit, let us know what you think of what we’ve done with the place. We look forward to hearing which one is your favorite native tree. We hope you love the new additions as much as we do.

From left to right: Bill Spradley, Dan Burkhardt, and Mike Rood.

From left to right: Bill Spradley, Dan Burkhardt, and Mike Rood.

We want to sincerely thank all those involved in this project! Assistance for planning and planting the Trees of Treloar provided by Mike Rood at Pea Ridge Forest and Bill Spradley at Trees, Forests and Landscapes. Marschel Wrecking provided demolition services to remove the old Treloar Bar & Grill, a historical landmark that had closed and fallen into disrepair. Check out the video of the demolition here.

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