Statement as issued Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:
DNR’s Division of Forestry has awarded $118,343 in federal funds to 12 cities, towns and non-profits in Indiana for urban forestry projects.
The projects include tree inventory and analysis for management planning, new tree plantings, and education and awareness campaigns. Urban forests enhance air and water quality, resulting in improved community health and safety.
Funds for tree inventory and analysis were awarded to the city of Anderson for $12,500 and the towns of Russiaville ($11,593) and Westfield ($4,800).
Funds for tree planting projects that target environmental issues such as water quality, flooding, air quality, and pollutants were awarded to: the cities of Bloomington, $12,500; Fort Wayne, $12,500; Kendallville, $12,500; and West Lafayette, $10,000; the town of Nashville, $7,500; North Township Trustees Office in Lake County, $9,050; and City of Rensselaer Urban Forestry Council, $5,400.
Funds for urban forestry awareness, education, and outreach projects were awarded to the Indiana Urban Forest Council for $18,000 and St. Joseph County Parks Foundation for $2,000.
Funding came through the DNR Community and Urban Forestry (CUF) program from the U.S. Forest Service.
To learn more about the projects listed above or about community and urban forestry in Indiana, or to request an urban forestry visit to your community, contact Tiffany Arp, Community and Urban Forestry Coordinator at (317) 234-4386 or tarp@dnr.IN.gov.