Downers Grove Park District Receives Federal Forestry Grant

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Downers Grove Park District Receives Federal Forestry Grant


Byline: Submitted by Dawn Hartman

The Morton Arboretum's Community Trees Program has awarded the Downers Grove Park District a $5,000 federal forestry grant, which will help the District develop a long-term Urban Forest Management Plan in 2019.

Matched with an additional $5,000 from the park district, the plan will focus on the planting and maintenance of the urban canopy in Downers Grove and will also include community education and outreach.

The Arboretum awarded more than $170,000 in federal forestry grants to 16 Illinois organizations looking to fund tree-related projects.

The program aims to help municipalities, park districts, townships, counties, and other local government entities fund projects such as tree planting, obtaining a tree inventory and developing or updating a tree protection and preservation ordinance or a tree management plan.

The federal grants are administered by the Arboretum on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture's Urban and Community Forestry Program, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Beth Corrigan, community trees program specialist with The Morton Arboretum, is pleased the grants will enable communities to move forward with their urban forestry plans.

"Trees are an important part of our region's infrastructure," Corrigan said. "Communities are the key to creating a greener, healthier world."

Tom Salaba, Downers Grove Park board commissioner, looks forward to the grant-funded Urban Forest Management Plan and the impacts it will have on the Downers Grove community.

"Not only are trees a critical asset to our community, they serve many valuable roles in our local neighborhoods and ecosystem. The Downers Grove Park District is proud to continue growing and improving the health and diversification of our local canopy," Salaba said.

In 2019, the park district will work in conjunction with Graf Tree Care of Batavia, Illinois, for the development of the Urban Forest Management Plan.

Graf Tree Care has previously worked with the park district, completing a comprehensive GIS-based tree inventory of over 5,500 trees in 2016.

The Urban Forest Management Planwill help the park district prepare for, and perpetuate the future of the Urban Forest by ensuring continuity in tree care, guide our future tree planting efforts, improve the resiliency of the tree population by increasing diversity, and to help plan for the reduction of invasive species, such as buckthorn and honeysuckle in the parks. …

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