Clinton, Turtle to get state ash borer grants

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Gazette staff
Friday, January 31, 2014

MADISON—Two Rock County municipalities will receive state grants for projects to combat emerald ash borer.

The Department of Natural Resources Urban Forestry Grant Program has awarded $8,675 to Clinton for its 2014 forestry project and a $4,000 startup grant to the town of Turtle for its tree inventory, management and removal plan.

Grant recipients must match each grant, dollar for dollar.

The grants are among those awarded to 46 Wisconsin municipalities, nonprofit organizations and counties for community urban forestry projects, for a  total of $602,486.

The grant awards will help pay for tree inventories, emerald ash borer preparedness plans or efforts to increase species diversity, according to a DNR news release.

The program encouraged applicants to consider a canopy approach, directing efforts to both public and private trees.

“These projects are critical to early planning efforts that include forecasting budgets for labor, equipment, staff training and restoration,” according to the news release.

Wisconsin has about 5.2 million ash trees in cities, villages and urban towns, according to the DNR, and all are at risk from the invasive beetles.

Twenty-one of Wisconsin's 72 counties have been quarantined after emerald ash borer infestations were discovered. Rock and Walworth counties are among those quarantined.

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