The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry has awarded $80,000 in matching grants to 14 Hoosier communities.
"These grant dollars are part of the DNR Division of Forestry and Alcoa Foundation Tree Planting Partnership grant. The dollars will go for purchase, planting, and maintenance of trees on public property," director of the DNR Division of Forestry John Seifert said.
The Indiana cities, towns, and non-profits awarded funds include: Winamac, Auburn, Decatur, East Chicago, Kendallville, LaPorte, Greencastle, Culver, Munster, Westfield, Keep Evansville Beautiful, Lafayette Tree Fund, Monroe County Community Schools Foundation, and TREES Inc. of Terre Haute.
The DNR received 21 requests from cities and towns in 18 counties totaling $131,900. Louks said all were worthy of serious consideration.