TREES & plants

Grants awarded to replace trees lost to EAB

Eleven communities in northern Illinois can plant more trees with $211,000 in matching grants awarded through the Community Trees Program of The Morton Arboretum. These grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative went to communities within the Lake Michigan watershed to help restore the tree canopy lost to the emerald ash borer.

The grants aim to help communities replace lost trees with a diverse range of tree species that will contribute to clean air and clean water, reduce erosion and storm water runoff, lower energy demands, provide wildlife habitat, and make communities more enjoyable and attractive for residents. The Lake Michigan watershed in Illinois covers portions of Lake and Cook Counties.

Communities receiving GLRI grants include:
Village of Alsip
Village of Glenview
Village of Mundelein
Village of Niles
Village of Olympia Fields
Olympia Fields Park District
Village of Orland Hills
Village of Stickney
Village of Tinley Park
Tinley Park Park District
Zion Park District 
The communities will match the grant funding on a 35 percent/65 percent basis.  To receive a GLRI grant, each community was required to have an emerald ash borer management plan or prepare a plan prior to the end of the grant period.
The Community Trees Program is a clearinghouse for information about other funding sources for trees and tree care in northern Illinois. Learn more 

Timely news of funding opportunities often is included in the program's monthly e-newsletter. To subscribe, e-mail communitytrees@mortonarb.org.