Article Posted: April 12, 2002

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LANSING--Grant applications for community forestry
activities now are available from the Michigan Department of
Natural Resources Urban and Community Forestry Program. The
grant program is funded through the USDA Forest Service
State and Private Forestry Program.
Public agencies and nonprofit private entities [501(c)] are
eligible to apply. All projects must be performed on non-
federal public lands or land open to the public.
Activities that will be considered for funding include local
government and nonprofit organization programming, urban and
community forestry education (including the purchase of
forestry-related materials for public libraries), and
community volunteer planting projects.
"Trees and natural resources in our communities provide
shade, oxygen and beautiful tree-lined streets," said Mindy
Koch, DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management Division
Chief. "These grants can help us understand and properly
manage this valuable resource."
Grant applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2002, to be
considered for this grant cycle. Projects must be completed
by June 30, 2003. All grants require matching funds. The
match may be cash contributions or in-kind services, but may
not include federal funds.
Depending on the category, grant requests up to $20,000 can
be made. For more information, visit the DNR Web site at or contact Kathie Arney, DNR Forest,
Mineral and Fire Management Division, Urban and Community
Forestry Program, Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952; 517-
241-9051; e-mail:

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