Michigan nets six grants totaling US$1.4M from US$2.5M of funding available under Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; federal program in six Great Lakes states aims to support urban forestry projects that improve water quality

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan , November 26, 2013 () – US Forest Service awards grants to improve urban forests, water quality in Great Lakes region

The U.S. Forest Service is awarding nearly $2.5 million worth of grants in six Great Lakes states for projects designed to improve urban forests and tree canopies in ways that will boost water quality.

It's part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an Obama administration program attempting to make progress on longstanding environmental problems in the region.

Northeastern area director Tony Ferguson says the grants will put people to work restoring shoreland ecosystems, barren streets and polluted industrial sites.

Six grants totaling nearly $1.4 million will go to Michigan.

They include funds for tree plantings and maintenance in the Detroit area, Grand Rapids, Flint, Southgate and Ann Arbor.

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