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E-M:/ Mini-grant opportunity for reclaiming urban logs

Enviro-Mich message from "Jessica Simons" <jessica.simons@semircd.org>

What could you do with a few good trees?

The Southeast Michigan RC&D Council is awarding $500 mini-grants to
communities or tree care companies that are regularly dealing with wood
disposal.  The grants will pay for local sawmill services to "recycle"
removed dead trees into higher value products.  

The first mini-grant has already been awarded to the City of Grosse Pointe
Park.  They plan to mill many of the city's dead ash and elm trees to make
lumber that will be used in a new recreation area.  Six mini-grants remain
and will be funded on a rolling basis as soon as qualified applications are


The Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council has
been working since 2004 to identify value-added
uses for urban wood residues, driven largely by the need for wood disposal
options following the state's emerald
ash borer outbreak. At this time, the Council is awarding at least seven
$500 mini-grants to foster the growth of partnerships between municipalities
and urban wood businesses. The funds will allow community managers or
private arborists to hire a local sawmill to process removed city trees into
lumber or other products.

Grantees are expected to follow a tight timeline, with projects to be
completed shortly after the award announcement.
Funding preference will be given to local governments, public institutions,
community groups, and tree care industries
within the Southeast Michigan RC&D Council area (Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe,
Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and
Wayne Counties), although applicants in other regions are still eligible.
Qualified proposals will be awarded funding on a rolling basis as they are
received, with preference given to projects with milling activities
scheduled to occur before September 30, 2008. Therefore, prompt applications
are strongly encouraged. Additional proposals received after this date may
be considered if adequate funds remain.

For more information, please see the complete Request for Proposals at:


Or contact:

Jessica Simons
Natural Resources Specialist
Southeast Michigan
Resource Conservation & Development Council
7203 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI  48103-9506
Cell: (517)851-2372
Web: www.semircd.org/ash 

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