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E-M:/ Grants Available for Southeastern Michigan Communities Affected by Emerald Ash Borer



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Enviro-Mich message from "Richard Morscheck" <morscher@michigan.gov>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 3, 2006

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

Grants Available for Southeastern Michigan
Communities Affected by Emerald Ash Borer

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials today announced Michigan communities impacted by the emerald ash borer (EAB) have until Feb. 22 to submit applications for tree planting or community forestry management activities. These grants are funded through the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry Program.
  
"The DNR recognizes the financial strain placed on local governments to restore the devastation caused by this pest," said Lynne Boyd, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management chief. "These grants will assist communities in reviving their area's natural beauty and better managing their urban forest resource."

Grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to communities and nonprofit organizations on a competitive basis. A total of $500,000 will be available to eligible projects. Eligible projects for this funding cycle are tree planting, urban forestry management plans, hazard tree management plans and tree inventories. Projects must be completed by May 31, 2007.

All awarded grants require matching funds of at least 50 percent -- in either cash contributions or in-kind services, not including federal or state monies. Grant applications are accepted from local units of government and qualifying nonprofit organizations within the southeastern Michigan EAB quarantined counties designated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Visit www.michigan.gov/eab for the latest EAB quarantined counties.

Emerald ash borer is an exotic insect native to Asia that attacks ash trees. It was unknown to North America until its discovery in Michigan in 2002. Since then, the pest has killed approximately 15 million ash trees in southeastern Michigan.

For more information or to obtain a grant application, contact Kerry Gray, Emerald Ash Borer restoration coordinator, at (517) 241-1833, or visit the DNR Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnrucf.

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