Funding available to plant trees in Illinois communities

Trees Forever is announcing a funding opportunity for Illinois communities to diversify their community forests or recover from natural or man-made disasters, particularly the emerald ash borer.

Trees Forever is accepting applications for Recover, Replant, Restore! subsidies for planting trees from February 1st to 25th. Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 are available to plant the most diverse shade trees that are resistant to disease and storms. Eligible projects include planting trees in public spaces such as streets and trails, community entrances, schools, public buildings, parks and more.

“Trees Forever doesn’t just provide funding to plant trees – we also provide the technical assistance and long-term support needed to grow strong, resilient urban forests,” says Emily Ehley, Field Coordinator at Trees Forever.

“Our changing world is increasingly testing the resilience of our urban forests. Community tree planting is a proactive advocacy and will continue to be a key strategy for communities to combat these pressures. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is pleased to partner with Trees Forever to help communities in these increasingly important green efforts that we need now more than ever,” says Michael Brunk, Illinois Urban Forestry Administrator.

These grants are funded through a partnership between Trees Forever, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the US Forest Service. The funding is intended to help communities across Illinois recover from natural disasters, replant with a diverse selection of disease- and storm-resistant tree species, and also restore healthy and beneficial community forests.

Applications can be found online at www.TreesForever.org/Recover-Replant-Restore and must be submitted by February 25th. Email the completed application and supporting documents to droman@treesforever.org or to: Trees Forever, Attn: Deb, 80 W. 8th Ave., Marion, IA, 52302.

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