Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mitigating Emerald Ash Borer Impacts on the Urban Forest: Municipal Grant Program

Reposted from the Illinois CAPS Program Blog at:

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is offering competitive, reimbursable grants to help local government agencies sustain their urban forests by reducing impacts from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB.) Recipients must pay for 50% of project costs through direct or in-kind contributions. Communities within the Illinois EAB quarantine zone eligible to apply.

There are 3 categories of grants available:
  1. Reforestation Grants - For planting to replace ash trees;
  2. Technical Assistance Grants - For inventory and assessment of public trees and the development of plans to manage EAB; and
  3. Wood Utilization Grants - For reclamation and utilization of wood products from felled ash trees.
 Applications are due February 1, 2013.

Application and complete Grant Guidelines available as a pdf document here
Application only (in Word) available here

Two workshops will be offered to help applicants plan competitive EAB management and reforestation projects. Municipal and state officials will discuss EAB planning and management. Grant application information and tips will be presented.

January 17, 10am – Noon
Illinois Department of Agriculture
2280 Bethany Rd., Suite B
DeKalb, IL 60115
Call 815-787-5479 for reservations and parking directions

January 22, 10am –Noon
Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
233 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800 (Willis Tower)
Chicago, IL 60606

For reservations for the Chicago workshop or general grant program information contact

Edith Makra, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus: or 312-201-4506

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