The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry has awarded $135,000 for urban forestry projects. The federal funds are going to 12 cities, towns and nonprofits across Indiana.
The projects will include tree inventory and analysis for management planning, new tree plantings and education awareness campaigns. The DNR says urban forests enhance air and water quality, creating healthier, safer and more beautiful communities.
The funding was provided by the DNR Community and Urban Forestry program from the U.S. Forest Service. The funding was divided into three categories.
Tree inventory and analysis:
- Elkhart – $20,000
- Kendallville – $17,425
- West Lafayette – $18,562
- Pendleton – $11,575
Tree-planting projects that target environmental issues:
- Bloomington – $10,000
- Fort Wayne – $10,000
- Churubusco – $4,000
- Dyer – $9,000
- Mount Ayr – $2,000
- Valparaiso – $7,688
- The Rensselaer Urban Forest Council – $5,250
Urban forestry awareness, education and outreach:
- Indiana Urban Forest Council – $17,500
- Bloomington – $2,000
To learn more about the DNR’s Division of Forestry, click here.