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E-M:/ Community Forestry Grants Available

Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>

Contacts: Kevin Sayers 517-241-4632, Mary Dettloff, 517-335-3014

Community Forestry Grants Available

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced grant applications for community forestry activities now are available from the DNR Urban and Community Forestry Program. These grants are funded through the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Program.

"Trees provide many benefits to communities, including shade, oxygen, and beautifully landscaped streets," said Lynne Boyd, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management chief. "These grants help communities understand and properly manage our valuable natural resources."

Local units of government, nonprofit organizations and schools are eligible to apply. All projects must be performed on lands open to the public, excluding federal land. Community forestry projects considered for funding include management and planning, training and education, tree planting and the purchase of forestry-related materials for public libraries.

Grant applications must be received by July 29, 2005, to be considered for this grant cycle. Projects must be completed by Sept. 1, 2006. All grants require matching funds of at least 50 percent. The match may be cash contributions or in-kind services, but may not include federal funds.

Depending on the category, grants up to $20,000 may be requested. For more information, contact Kevin Sayers, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division, Urban and Community Forestry Program, PO Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952; (517) 241-4632, or visit the DNR Web site at www.mi.gov/dnrucf.

The DNR is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.


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