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Park District awarded $15K for tree inventory project

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District has received a second grant to help aid its planned inventory of park district trees across the city this year.

The park district was among 20 Illinois communities and agencies awarded a grant by Lisle’s Morton Arboretum in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, according to a news release.

The $15,000 Urban and Community Forestry Grant will help the district create a comprehensive GIS-mapping tree inventory of its parks and golf courses, the release shows. The information will include tree geo-locations, species, size, health and maintenance recommendations for each tree.

The tree inventory will provide direction for the district to help analyze tree diversity, create a comprehensive management plan for the parks and land and assist with future educational programming.

The 2019-2020 Urban and Community Forestry Grant program is made possible by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the USDA Forest Service to help the state facilitate goals for urban and forestry development.

The grant must be matched by the DeKalb Park District, which will also aid in tree planting, the release shows.

Over $127,000 was awarded through the grant program to Illinois communities.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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