The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that grants totaling $90,525 for urban forestry projects statewide will be awarded to 21 recipients in 17 counties. (A full list of recipients is available below.)
This year, grants were awarded for community tree plantings, inventories, management plans, education and training projects that enhance and promote urban and community forestry in Michigan. The competitive grant program – a cooperative effort between the DNR and the U.S. Forest Service – funds projects that help create and sustain local urban forestry programs.
"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."
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.
Grant awards have been distributed for projects to be completed by Sept. 1, 2018.
For more information on the grants, contact Kevin Sayers at 517-284-5898, or visit www.michigan.gov/ucf.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
The full list of 2018 grant recipients and a photo of a Lansing-area neighborhood street with many mature trees are available below for download.