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Grants Available For Tree Planting, Care Activities On Public Property
ANNAPOLIS – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service today announced that local Maryland Forestry Boards are accepting grant requests from schools, parks, cities and towns, homeowner associations, and other groups planning environmental tree planting and care activities.
Funding up to $1,500 will be awarded for Urban and Community Forestry projects conducted on public property. Grant applications must be signed by a local Forestry Board member and all requests must be postmarked by June 15, 2007. Upon approval, funding will be available for early fall projects. There is a total of $10,000 available for this grant dispersal.
“When we involve citizens in the planting and caring for trees, we instill in them a sense of responsibility and stewardship for Maryland’s natural resources,” said Steven W. Koehn, State Forester and Director of DNR’s Forest Service.
In partnership with the Forest Service, 24 Forestry Boards (http://www.mdforest.sailorsite.net/) strive to promote appreciation and concern for forests and trees. Board members support the concept of wise conservation, management and use of trees and forests in Maryland. The boards, one in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City, together function as the State Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards. Forestry Boards provide leadership for improvement of the environment in urban, suburban and rural areas, and educate people about the variety of benefits trees and forests provide.
Anyone interested may download the grant application directly at: www.dnr.maryland.gov/forests/programs/urban/grantapp.pdf. For more information contact your local forester at www.dnr.maryland.gov/forests/art/county_map.asp or Steve Parker 410-313-7251 S50parker@comcast.net or Wanda MacLachlan 410-531-5973 firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 21, 2007
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