South Dakota awards US$11,000 in grants to support tree planting projects under state urban and community forest program, adding to US$14,500 in state, federal grants awarded to replace trees damaged by winter storm Atlas

PIERRE, South Dakota , July 1, 2014 (press release) – Several communities and organizations in South Dakota received over $11,000 in grants to assist with tree planting projects in their area. These projects benefit the general public by solving a specific urban and community forestry problem and demonstrating the importance of trees in our communities.

Communities matched these grants with over $16,000 of their own resources, including cash, volunteer labor or donated supplies. Community grants included the following:

Community Amount
Freeman $1,576.00
Gary $1,000.00
Lake Area Zoological Society $1,000.00
Lead $2,500.00
Sturgis $4,000.00
Wall $1,000.00

In addition, over the past year $14,500 in grants has been awarded to communities in western South Dakota that were affected by Winter Storm Atlas. These funds were allocated to replace trees damaged by the storm.

These grants were provided by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Urban and Community Forestry Comprehensive Challenge Grant Program and the U.S. Forest Service.

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