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E-M:/ DNR Awards Grants to Help Communities Replace Trees Lost to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

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

October 24, 2005

Contacts: Kerry Gray 517-241-1833 or Mary Dettloff 517-335-3014 	

DNR Awards Grants to Help Communities
Replace Trees Lost to Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced the award of $521,332.50 in grants to 39 Michigan communities and nonprofit organizations for tree planting projects.  This grant program, with funding from the USDA Forest Service, will help communities in southeast Michigan begin replacing trees lost due to the emerald ash borer.  A list of this year's award recipients is attached.

"Trees play a vital role in the health and beauty of Michigan's communities," said Lynne Boyd, chief of DNR's Forest, Mineral and Fire Management division.  "Through this grant program, communities will be able to replace trees lost to the emerald ash borer and take steps toward creating a healthy community forest through diversity." 

Affected communities and non-profit organizations within the 20 emerald ash borer quarantined counties and past outlier communities were eligible for financial and technical assistance in support of tree planting projects through this grant program.  This is the third round of tree planting grant assistance awarded through this program.

Since it was identified in the state during the summer of 2002, the emerald ash borer has killed more than 15 million ash trees in southeast Michigan, as well as parts of Ontario, Canada, northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana.  Travelers are reminded to buy firewood at their destination; moving firewood can spread EAB and puts Michigan's 700 million ash trees at risk.

For more information about these grants, contact Kerry Gray, Emerald Ash Borer Restoration coordinator, at 517-241-1833, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management, PO Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952, or visit the Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr.


Tree Planting Grant Award Recipients

Emerald Ash Borer Tree Planting Grant Program
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Forest, Mineral & Fire Management
October 2005

Organization      County      Amount Awarded
City of Ann Arbor       Washtenaw       $20,000 
Bloomfield Township     Oakland $20,000 
Brownell Middle School  Wayne   $2,125 
Canton Charter Township Wayne    $7,500 
City of Chelsea Washtenaw        $4,000 
City of Clawson Oakland  $20,000 
City of Durand  Shiawassee      $1,875 
City of East Lansing    Ingham   $20,000 
City of Farmington      Oakland  $7,000 
City of Ferndale        Oakland  $20,000 
Village of Franklin     Oakland  $20,000 
The Greening of Detroit Wayne    $20,000 
City of Grosse Pointe   Wayne    $12,500 
City of Grosse Pointe Woods     Wayne    $20,000 
City of Howell  Livingston       $3,650 
Charter Township of Independence        Oakland  $20,000 
City of Inkster Wayne    $20,000 
Kent County Parks Department    Kent     $20,000 
City of Livonia Wayne    $20,000 
Village of Maybee       Monroe   $2,257.50 
Monroe County Community College Monroe   $20,000 
Charter Township of Northville  Wayne    $20,000 
Oakland County Parks and Recreation     Oakland  $4,250 
City of Oak Park        Oakland  $11,375 
City of Pleasant Ridge  Oakland  $5,000 
Charter Township of Plymouth    Wayne    $15,000 
City of Pontiac Oakland  $20,000 
Charter Township of Redford     Wayne    $2,500 
City of Romulus Wayne    $20,000 
City of Southfield      Oakland  $20,000 
City of Southgate       Wayne    $25,000 
City of South Lyon      Oakland  $20,000 
City of Tecumseh        Lenawee  $5,000 
City of Walled Lake     Oakland  $2,500 
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation   Washtenaw      $18,750 
City of Westland        Wayne    $24,500 
City of Wixom   Oakland $2,500 
Village of Wolverine Lake       Oakland $2,625 
City of Wyandotte       Wayne   $10,000
TOTAL  $521,332.50 

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