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Contact: Kevin Sayers 517-241-4632
Agency: Natural Resources

Community Forestry Grants Awarded

September 9, 2003

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today approved 26 grants totaling $87,205 to communities for urban and community forestry projects statewide.

The Urban and Community Forestry Program is a cooperative effort between the DNR, the USDA Forest Service and the Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. The program is funded through a federal grant to the DNR from the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry. Cost-share funds are available to local communities, public agencies and non-profit private entities.

Grants require matching funds of at least 50 percent toward projects performed on non-federal public lands or land open to the public.

The program is designed to preserve existing community tree cover, develop long-term community forestry plans, create and maintain ecosystem-based sustainable urban and community forests, and encourage property owners to maintain trees and expand cover. It provides technical and educational assistance, as well as competitive matching grants to local organizations, and promotes projects that illustrate the benefits of trees. It also serves to enhance the technical skills of individuals involved in establishing or maintaining community forests.

Grant awards will be distributed in October for projects scheduled for completion by September 2004. For more information or a list of approved grants, contact Kevin Sayers, DNR Urban and Community Forester, at 517-241-4632.




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