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Funding available to plant trees in Illinois communities

Trees Forever announces a funding opportunity for communities in Illinois to diversify their community forests or recover from natural or man-made disasters, especially the emerald ash borer.

Trees Forever is accepting applications to Recover, Replant, Restore! tree planting grants from February 1 to 25. Grants of $500 to $3,000 are available to plant more diverse disease and storm resistant shade trees. Eligible projects include planting trees in public spaces, such as along streets and pathways, community entrances, in schools, public buildings, parks and more.

“Trees Forever not only provides funds to plant trees in the ground, we also provide the technical assistance and long-term support needed to grow strong and resilient urban forests,” says the field coordinator of Trees Forever, Emily Ehley.

“Our changing world is increasingly testing the resilience of our urban forests. Community tree planting is a proactive defense and will remain a key strategy for communities to combat these pressures. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is pleased to partner with Trees Forever to help communities with these ever-increasing greening efforts that we need more than ever,” said Michael Brunk, Illinois Urban Forestry Administrator. ‘Illinois.

These grants are funded through a partnership between Trees Forever, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and the US Forest Service. The funding is intended to help communities across Illinois recover from natural disasters, replant with a diverse selection of disease- and storm-tolerant tree species, and also restore healthy and beneficial community forests.

Applications are available online at and are due February 25. Send the completed application and supporting documents to [email protected] or by mail to: Trees Forever, Attn: Deb, 80 W. 8th Ave., Marion, IA, 52302.