MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that it has recently awarded a total of $90,000 to five Wisconsin communities to support urban forestry projects. These funds were made available through a United States Forest Service grant.
Like electricity and water, an urban tree canopy is an important part of a community’s infrastructure. Well-managed urban forests provide services such as energy conservation, economic vitality, improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, carbon sequestration and enhanced beautification.
The Village of Grafton received $25,000, the City of Greenfield received $17,238.62, the City of Monroe received $7,917.67, the Ozaukee County Planning & Parks Department received $14,843.71 and the City of West Bend received $25,000. The communities that received these must match them dollar-for-dollar. More information on the urban forestry projects is available on the DNR website.
The DNR Urban Forestry Grant program funds projects that support state and national goals of increasing the number of trees in urban forests and their benefits. An urban forest encompasses trees on both public and private property. This is the second round of grants awarded in 2022 so far.
Priorities for the 2022 grant cycle included projects that:
- Increase the ability of local municipal partners to expand their urban forestry program
- Increase the ability of all local partners to provide ongoing urban forestry funding, services and markets
- Benefit multiple communities and put existing inventories of urban trees to use
More information about the DNR Urban Forestry Grant program is available on the urban forestry grants webpage.