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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

DNR and Alcoa distribute $80,000 for urban trees

Indiana DNR Release:

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has awarded $80,000 in matching grants to 14 Hoosier communities.

“These grant dollars are part of the DNR Division of Forestry and Alcoa Foundation Tree Planting Partnership grant. The dollars will go for purchase, planting, and maintenance of trees on public property. We are happy to pass these needed funds on to our municipalities,” director of the DNR Division of Forestry John Seifert said.
The Indiana cities, towns, and non-profits awarded funds include: Winamac, Auburn, Decatur, East Chicago, Kendallville, LaPorte, Greencastle, Culver, Munster, Westfield, Keep Evansville Beautiful, Lafayette Tree Fund, Monroe County Community Schools Foundation, and TREES Inc. of Terre Haute.
“Cities and towns, due to the economic downturn, are hard pressed to put dollars into tree planting and maintenance right now," said Pam Louks, DNR community and urban forestry coordinator. "For the Alcoa Foundation to see and respond to that need is much appreciated."

The DNR received 21 requests from cities and towns in 18 counties totaling $131,900. Louks said all were worthy of serious consideration.

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