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Bloomington Receives Forestry Grant

Post Date:11/20/2018 1:05 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              

Nov. 20, 2018

Contact: David Lamb, Assistant Superintendent of Parks, 309/434-2281



BLOOMINGTON, IL- The Morton Arboretum’s Community Trees Program has awarded City of Bloomington’s Park, Recreation & Cultural Arts a $7,100 federal forestry grant, which will help the City in performing an updated street tree inventory.  A park tree inventory was performed in winter 2017 with help of a similar grant.


The Arboretum awarded more than $170,000 in federal forestry grants to Illinois communities looking to fund tree-related projects. The program aims to help municipalities, park districts, townships, counties, and other local government entities fund projects such as tree planting, obtaining a tree inventory, and developing or updating a tree protection and preservation ordinance or a tree management plan. The federal grants are administered by the Arboretum on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.


Trees are a critical asset to communities, serving many valuable roles including producing oxygen, absorbing rainwater to reduce the threat of floods and offering shelter for local wildlife. They also add beauty, shade and character to neighborhoods.


“This is a great step for us in continuing our scientific based management of the City’s urban forest.” said David Lamb, City of Bloomington’s Assistant Superintendent of Parks and City Forestry adding, “This is very exciting for the City of Bloomington.”


Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Program specialist with The Morton Arboretum, is pleased the grants will enable communities to move forward with their urban forestry plans.


“Trees are an important part of our region’s green infrastructure,” Corrigan said. “Communities are the key to creating a greener, healthier world.”


For more information regarding Bloomington forestry projects contact David Lamb at



About the Community Trees Program at The Morton Arboretum
The Community Trees Program at The Morton Arboretum was established in 2002 with support from the Grace Bersted Foundation. The program’s goal is to help people help trees live long, productive lives, based on the philosophy that all trees, on both public and private land, together form an urban and community forest that is crucial to a community’s infrastructure.


About the Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois. As the champion of trees, the Arboretum is committed to scientifically-informed action, both locally and globally, and encouraging the planting and conservation of trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. On 1,700 acres are 222,000 plant specimens representing 4,500 different kinds of plants, along with specialty gardens, educational exhibits, the award-winning Children’s Garden, 16 miles of hiking trails and the Visitor Center, featuring The Arboretum Store and the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café. The Morton Arboretum is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, welcoming 1.1 million visitors annually and serving 46,200 member households in 2017. Learn more at


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