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City of West Bend Urban Forestry Recovery Program Awarded $25,000 Grant from the Wisconsin DNR 2021 Urban Forestry Program

West Bend, Wis. (January 6, 2021): The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Urban Forestry Program has awarded the City of West Bend Urban Forestry Recovery Program with a grant worth $25,000. The grant funding will be used to reimburse expenses for new tree plantings, update the Urban Forestry Management Plan, enhance and expand the 18th Avenue Street Tree Demonstration area, and continue training and education for Forestry Division staff.

“As a Tree City USA community, our team takes great pride in maintaining and planting new trees,” said Mike Jentsch, Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director. “Thank you to the Wisconsin DNR for its support of our Urban Forestry Recovery Program.”

Since 2011, the City of West Bend has contracted out the planting of a total of 2,265 trees. In 2021, an additional 306 street trees will be planted, which includes trees that would normally be replaced in a year because of natural death, plantings in new subdivisions, and replacements for ash trees that have died due to Emerald Ash Borer on streets and in high-use areas of parks.

Each year the Forestry Division cares for over 12,000 street trees and thousands more on park properties.  Trees are routinely pruned to maintain healthy structure. Dying or diseased trees are removed, and new trees are planted for future generations to enjoy. Urban Forestry grants of $25,000 in 2017 and $25,000 in 2019 helped pay for planting street trees as well as enabling the Forestry staff to update the tree inventory. In 2021, a portion of the grant will be used to update the 18th Avenue Street Tree Demonstration Site, located south of 18th Avenue, and expand it to 18th Avenue north of Park Street. The Demonstration Site is intended to give residents a chance to view mature specimens of street trees as a trial to see how new types of trees perform. The Forestry Division will label the trees on the demonstration site, update the map, and include information about each kind of tree on the website.

The DNR’s 2021 grant cycle priorities include projects that increase the ability of local municipal partners to expand urban forestry programs, increase the ability of local partners to provide ongoing urban forestry funding, services and markets, benefit multiple communities and put existing inventories of urban trees to use.

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