The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Forestry has awarded 13 "Putting Trees to Work" grants totaling $100,000 to Hoosier cities, towns, and nonprofits.
The funds are part of a grant awarded to the IDNR Community and Urban Forestry (CUF) program by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area in 2007.
"These grant projects will enable cities and towns to implement a variety of urban forestry management activities that will result in healthier urban forests," said Pam Louks, CUF coordinator. "This is important because the urban forest cleans the air we breathe and the water we drink.
"We had 31 grant requests totaling over $256,000 but we only had $100,000 to award this year. All the projects were worthy, but, only a few made the cut."
The following communities were awarded funds for a variety of projects:
Delphi: Remove risk trees; plant replacement trees.
East Chicago: Public tree inventory phase 3.
Goshen: Prune, remove, and replant trees in aging neighborhood.
Greendale: Plant native trees along park trail.
Highland: Public tree inventory.
Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Dept.: Training/education for urban forestry staff.
Indiana University/Bloomington: Woodland campus brochure.
Indiana Urban Forest Council: Arbor Day poster contest, conference and marketing.
Middlebury: Removal, maintenance, replanting.
Noblesville: Public tree inventory.
Valparaiso: Public tree inventory phase 3.
West Lafayette: Tree planting seminar.
Whiting: Tree planting for pollution, visual screens, and noise buffers.
Projects are scheduled for start up in spring 2008. For more information on urban forestry, contact Louks at (317) 915-9390 or plouks@dnr.IN.gov.
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