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The funds were provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Urban and Community Forestry Core Grant Program, and administered by The Morton Arboretum and the Chicago Region Trees Initiative (CRTI).
“This is an amazing opportunity for the Village of Richton Park. The Village has lost several hundred trees over the last decade due to disease. Through this grant, the Village will be one step closer to receive a TREE CITY designation and preserve our remaining trees.
With this grant, a full professional tree inventory, a preservation maintenance plan, and a replacement spices recommendation will be developed. This is a two year project, however, the Village is hopeful to have this completed by this fall.” - Michael Wegrzyn, Director of Public Works
The grants provide communities with a better understanding of the urban forest areas they’re managing by revealing an estimated number of trees, their size, condition and species. The inventories will also identify opportunities to increase planting, and will inform the development of a comprehensive, long-term urban forest management plan.
“Urban trees are critical infrastructure for a community, and this funding helps to protect one of its most important resources,” said Lydia Scott, director of CRTI. “Trees clean our air and water, reduce flooding and heat, improve our mental and physical health, and provide important habitat for birds and other wildlife.”