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Bird Cities Can Compete for EAB Funding

Emerald Ash Borer

Since one of the six categories for recognition as a Bird City is Community Forest Management, check this out:

The WDNR received $175,000 in Forest Health and Resilience funding from the U.S. Forest Service to assist communities in response to the catastrophic loss of urban tree canopy due to the emerald ash borer (EAB). The $175,000 will be administered through the competitive State Urban Forestry Grants program and subawarded to cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Projects funded with the Forest Health and Resilience funds will focus on EAB response on public lands, including the removal and replacement of ash trees. EAB treatment will not be funded with these dollars.

These projects will further the Forest Service’s national priorities to "protect forests from threats" and "enhance public benefits from trees and forests." They aim to help make Wisconsin communities safer, healthier, and happier places to live, work, and play. That aligns with the goals of Bird City Wisconsin.

 

Read more:

See all Bird City recognition criteria requirements.

2021 DNR Urban Forestry grant application are opening soon (June 12, 2020).

$175,000 Additional Urban Forestry Grant Funding Available for EAB: Ash Tree Removals and Replacements

Read more about State Urban Forestry grants.

Photo: Adult emerald ash borer by David Cappaert, courtesy of National Invasive Species Information Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture.