Forestry projects branch out across the state with DNR grants
(WPBN/WGTU) - -Several northern Michigan communities will share a portion of $90,525 in grants focused on urban forestry projects.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the grants Wednesday for 21 recipients in 17 counties.
Ludington in Mason County received the largest grant of $19,000 for its Street Tree Inventory and Management Plan.
Traverse City in Grand Traverse County was next with the second largest grant for $18,000 for its Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Management Plan. The Grand Traverse Conservation District was also the recipient of $1,980 for tree planting.
The Kalkaska Conservation District was also awarded $2,000 for tree planting.
The grants are federally funded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry program. Matching funds are available to local units of government, schools, tribal governments and nonprofit organizations. The grants require one-to-one matching funds toward projects performed on non-federal, public lands or lands open to the public.
"Trees that make up our urban and community forests help make our communities healthier, safer and more resilient places to live," said Kevin Sayers, DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator. "The projects funded through this program will enhance these valuable community assets and improve citizen awareness of the many benefits they provide."
Grant awards have been distributed for projects to be completed by Sept. 1, 2018.
A full list of the 2018 urban community forestry grant recipients is below: