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WI Urban Forestry grants – including tree fruits

Grants available to help communities develop, manage urban forests
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin city, town, village, county or, tribal governments and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations can now apply for financial help for urban forestry projects under the Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant program.
The grants support new, innovative projects that will develop sustainable urban and community forestry programs, according to Suzann DaWalt, DNR urban forestry financing specialist.
“Applications will be ranked based on project outcomes, or the results the project will have on the urban forest,” DaWalt said, adding those outcomes should align with one or more of the following DNR Urban Forestry program goals:
– enhance private property tree canopy;
– increase local ability to provide ongoing funding, services and markets;
– benefit multiple communities;
– utilize existing inventories; and
– increase the ability to provide education and outreach.

Other 2016 funding priorities include:
Emerald Ash Borer management plans or insecticide treatment to preserve canopy.
Long-term positive effect on urban tree canopy and the benefits it provides.
Developing or enhancing community urban forestry programs.
Projects could serve as a new model for others to adopt.

The Urban Forestry Program also funds a smaller startup grant for communities that want to start an urban forestry program, or resume an inactive one.

“A competitive startup project should focus on initial steps needed to develop a community urban forestry program with a long term goal of that program being sustainable,” DaWalt said.

Officials and organizational leaders have until Oct. 1, 2015 to apply.

The applications and additional information can be found on the DNR Urban Forestry website, dnr.wi.gov, by searching keywords “UF grant.”

Projects are to be completed between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2016.

For more information on urban and community forestry or assistance with urban forestry grants people may contact a local Urban Forestry Coordinator.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzann DaWalt, Urban Forestry Financing Specialist, Bureau of Forest Management, 715-453-2188 extension 1267